Three Filipina teens have silently brought pride and made history for the country.
With no huge media coverage or social media hype, the Philippines’ girls under-14 tennis team had put an impressive run at the recently-concluded 2019 Asia-Oceania Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by winning the gold for the country.
It was the first time in the history of the Philippines.
The national tennis team composed of tennis sensation Alex Eala, Alexa Milliam, and Jenaila Prulla were able to clinch a seat in the World ITF Juniors after bagging the gold; ending the 26-year drought of the country in the world stage.
Eala, who was recognized as Europe’s Best Overseas Player of the Year 2018, said their win was “truly one for the books.”
“We’re the 14under Girls 2019 Asia-Oceania Champions!! One of the best weeks ever!! I am still over the moon about our making it to the World Group then we cap the week off by winning the Championship!!” Eala expressed on Facebook on April 14; showing their hardly-earned gold medals.
“This is truly one for the books as it is the first time the Philippines wins this Championship and the first time since 1993 that we are making it again to the World Group!! Thanks again to my teammates Alexa Milliam and Jen Prulla and our coach Cza Arevalo!! Laban Pilipinas,” Eala said.
Their excitement overflows as they are set to compete in the Czech Republic in August this year.
Ranked 123rd in the world, the squad defeated Japan in the finals held last April 13.