Familiar foe up as Eala starts bid

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It would “mean the world” to Alex Eala to win the French Open girls crown this week.

But standing in the way of the Filipino tennis star in the first round is a Briton whom she has a lot in common.

“It would mean the world to do well this week and win a junior Grand Slam singles title. I won the doubles at last year’s Australian Open alongside Indonesia’s Priska Nugroho and remember how it felt,” said Eala in a blog post powered by International Tennis Federation.

“That was fantastic, but winning the singles here would be huge. [But] I don’t want to think that far ahead,” she added.

Good call, because Eala will be facing an opponent tracking the same path as hers.

Like Eala, Matilda Mutavdzic is also a gritty and talented 16-year-old lefty with a World Tennis Association…

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