Alex Eala of the Philippines summed up her bronze medal-winning performance with Francis Alcantara in the mixed doubles of tennis competitions on Friday, Sept. 29, at the 19th Asian Games with just one word – overachievement.
“If overachievement is a thing then we have the potential to do more,” said the 18-year-old Eala after the game.
Eala and partner Francis Alcantara lost to Taiwanese Liang En-Shuo and Huang Tsung-hao, 5-7, 3-6, in their thrilling semis duel but it was enough to salvage a bronze medal.
In advancing to the semis, Alcantara and Eala waylaid their Nepalese, before stunning the top-seeded Indian in the Round-of-16 then the Thais in the quarters.
That made them the first PH team to win a mixed doubles medal since Patricia Yngayo and Federico Deyro captured the silver medal in the 1966 edition.
But for Eala, it was doubly significant as she joined an exclusive club of multiple medal winners in a single edition.
Eala made it to the medal round with a 0-6, 7-5, 6-0 stunner over Japanese Kyoka Okamuraon Wednesday, a victory that ended the country’s 17-year medal drought in tennis.
She also pushed No. 1 seed and US Open quarterfinalist Zheng Qinwen of China to her limit before bowing, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, in their semis duel on Thursday.