The Junior Road to Singapore continued this week with the regional qualifying event held in Indonesia. Novela Putri will represent her country in the U16 Future Stars event at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, while Fitriani Sabatini will play in the U14 stage. Both battled against the brightest juniors in Indonesia to travel to Singapore and play on the same stage as some of the WTA’s best this coming October.
Novela Putri is 15 years old and resides in Jakarta, where she trains at the Cibubur Tennis Camp. She is currently ranked No.674 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior rankings, with her career high not too far ahead at No.652. She has reached one semifinal in singles and doubles on the ITF Junior circuit and she won the U16 National Selection event this year. She stands at No.6 in the National standings and looks up to Serena Williams because of her mentality and serve. “When she plays, she plays so relaxed and enjoys her match. Most importantly, I like her because she has a great serve.”
Fitriani Sabatini just turned 14 in February and also resides in Jakarta, training at the Nursalim Tennis Tanah Mas Jakarta. Her highest ranking on the ITF Junior Circuit is No.881 and she currently sits at No.1088. Her best ITF results include a doubles semifinal and a singles quarterfinal and she finished as the runner-up at the U14 National Selection this year. Last year, she won the U14 Western Australis Junior Grasscourt Championships in Perth, Australia. A player she likes is RTS No.6 Karolina Pliskova saying “she is pretty and has a twin just like me. She is my inspiration in my tennis career and I want to be like her.” She adds, “I am very happy to be qualified for WTA Future Stars and coming to Singapore because it is one of my dreams to play at WTA Future Stars and this is my opportunity to play tennis internationally. Hopefully I can play well and do my best to make my parents happy and my country proud.”
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.