Miko Eala captures second ITF Juniors title for 2019 with masterclass win in Cyprus

Miko Eala captures second ITF Juniors title for 2019 with masterclass win in Cyprus

Miko Eala (file photo)
By Kristoffer Ed Bellen

MANILA--Just as much as her younger sister keeps racking up titles, Miko Eala notches a share of his own.

Eala, the elder brother of highly-touted rising star Alex, captured the boys' singles title at the J3 Nicosia Hellenic Bank Masters Tennis Academy ITF Juniors event after defeating Ilya Snitari of Moldova, 6-4 5-7 6-2, at Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday.

Miko Eala, who also trains at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Spain, entered the tournament unseeded and was drawn inside the upper half of the draw alongside British top-seed Harry Wendelken.

The 17-year-old Filipino survived three straight hard-fought matches en route to the semifinals before dismantling Mark Ktiri of Spain in dominant fashion, 6-1, 6-1, to set up the title match against Snitari, who is ranked 238th in the world.

With the win, Eala, who is sitting well inside the Top 350--currently at 349th--has now quietly won his second ITF title this year after also winning the doubles event of the Grade 4 event in Lanarca, Cyprus with Australian Matthew Bosancic last June.

Eala will next play at the Grade 2 event in Haifa, Israel as the second seed of the qualifying round.

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