The 2015 Future Stars event at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global gained two more representatives after the Philippines had their qualifying event. Miles Vitaliano, ranked No.3 in the country's U14 rankings, upset the top two seeds back-to-back in the semifinals and final to gain her berth in Singapore. The U16 representative in Singapore is Shaira Hope Rivera, who as the No.3 seed, also upset the top two players. In the semifinals, she defeated Rafaella Villanueva, who participated in the 2014 U14 WTA Future Stars event, then Monica Cruz in the championship, who went to Singapore last year for the U14 event.
"I am very happy that I won the Future Stars Road to Singapore qualifying event," said Vitaliano. "I heard about the great time that participants had last ear at the WTA Finals and I am very excited that I will have that opportunity this year."
WTA Finals Tournament Director Melissa Pine also helped lead a Future Stars Clinic at Valle Verde Country Club, teaching local children in Manila tennis drills. "We are really happy to welcome back the Philippines to the WTA Future Stars tournament and it is great to see that tennis is growing in popularity here," said Pine. "Working closely with the Philippines Tennis Association we are committed to promoting and developing tennis across the country and the region. By conducting tennis clinics such as this, we aim to provide up-and-coming players with invaluable insights' into what it is like to play and compete at the highest level as well as creating pathyways for success in life, through tennis and sport."
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.