Australia held their final WTA Future Stars regional tournament, advancing Chiara Di Tommaso (U14) and Monique Burton (U16) to the 2015 Future Stars event at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Both earned their berth into the National Finals via a pre-qualifying tournament in July.
Di Tommaso, 13, says qualifying for Singapore is by far her biggest accomplishment. "This is my career highlight. Although I have won some tournaments in Australia and have been selected for special training, nothing compares to this!" She hopes to use the WTA Future Stars event as a launchpad towards more International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior and professional events. She admires Serena Williams, the first qualifier for the WTA Finals, saying "Serena Williams: Her on court determination and mental strength. She structures her points around her weapons. I would like to have a big serve and forehand like Serena Williams." She is excited to go to Singapore, playing against players she's never met and also gain advice the Top 8 players in the world.
16-year-old Burton is also relatively new to the international tennis scene. While she hasn't participated in any ITF tournaments, she has won a number of AMT (Australian Money Tournaments) events and one day hopes to compete in Grand Slams and the Olympics. Ranked in Australia's Top 200 juniors, she says Victoria Azarenka is her favorite player because she dated Redfoo and her favorite hobby is to "travel and experience different cultures." Like Di Tommaso, she said she is excited for the opportunity to travel to Singapore and to meet and play against the best juniors in the APAC region.
The Future Stars program features competition for young girls across the Asia-Pacific region with a vision to promote high-level athlete development, health, fitness and empowerment of women through tennis. Eighteen markets in the Asia-Pacific were invited to take part in the 2015 WTA Future Stars program, hosting Under 14 and Under 16 qualifying events in the hopes of sending their best young players to Singapore. Continue to check wtafinals.com for more updates on the WTA Future Stars program.
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