The Future Stars competition, in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, had a goal to provide the Asia-Pacific region with a vision to promote high-level athlete development, health, fitness and empowerment of women through the sport of tennis.
The U16 winner of the WTA Future Stars competition was Karman Kaur Thandi from India. Six months after her victory, she is at career high rankings and was named a reserve for this week’s Fed Cup competition. So far this week, the Indian team has defeated Pakistan and Malaysia by 3-0 scores.
Thandi currently sits at No. 156 on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior circuit, winning two singles titles and one doubles title and reaching another two doubles finals. Even though she’s only 16, Thandi has already had some success on the ITF Pro Circuit, as her WTA ranking sits at No. 874.
Her rise up the tennis ranks has afforded Thandi the opportunity to be listed as a reserve on India’s Fed Cup team. Thandi and some other junior players were able to train and learn from Ankita Raina, Prarthana Thombare, Natasha Palha and playing captain Sania Mirza, the new World No. 1 in the WTA Doubles Rankings. Mirza also sits atop the Road to Singapore Leaderboard with her partner, Martina Hingis.
Below are some pictures provided by Thandi’s Facebook page and you can see more pictures, including a gathering at Mirza’s house, here.