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WTA Future Stars Junior Race To Singapore: Chinese-Taipei Qualifiers

Over the month of May, Chinese-Taipei held its WTA Future Stars qualifying tournament. After going through rounds of tough battle, Chia-Yi Tsao and Ya-Hsin Lee emerged victorious in the U14 and U16 categories respectively.

The WTA Future Stars tournament is held yearly in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. As part of the program, top U14 and U16 female tennis players from the Asia-Pacific region are provided valuable experiences and exclusive insight into the world of professional women’s tennis.


U14s Tsao Chia Yi B


Tsao, who is representing Chinese-Taipei in the WTA Future Stars event for the first time, cannot contain her excitement at coming to Singapore.

“I am so honored to have the opportunity to participate in the WTA Future Stars event. It will make a great impact on my vision for my tennis life and let me compete among the top-level female players in the region. I hope to be able to use the opportunity to understand the life of a professional tennis player” said Tsao while speaking to the WTA Finals team.

Coming from a family that plays tennis for leisure, Tsao picked up the sport under the influence of her brother. She enjoys playing tennis and making new friends through competing in tournaments. Her family has traveled all over Chinese-Taipei in pursuit of the Tsao siblings’ tennis dreams. Tsao’s biggest goal is to become the best tennis player in the world. She hopes to achieve this by challenging her own limits and pushing her boundaries.

On her journey to achieve her dreams, she has participated in a number of tournaments which include the 2016 Longines Future Tennis Aces.

When asked who her favourite player on the tour was, she picked Serena Williams without hesitation.

“She is irreplaceable especially for her contribution to the sport”, Tsao said of Williams.


U16s Lee Ya Hsin A


Lee also picked Williams as her favourite player, but for a different reason.

“Her serve is so fast, I would like to learn how to serve like that”, she added about Williams.

Like Tsao, Lee was introduced to the sport by her family. Her entire family plays tennis and she had begun training when she was aged two. Both her brother and sister are actively involved in the sport. Their companionship during training has kept her motivated and interested in tennis throughout the years.

“I am excited to take part in the event in Singapore. I am looking forward to meeting with other players and learning from them. I hope to learn new tennis skills and make improvements to my game while I am training and competing for the WTA Future Stars event”, said Lee to the WTA Finals team.

Already a champion in the National High School Athletic Games, and National Teenager’s Ranking Game, Lee has big dreams for the near future. She hopes to achieve a WTA World ranking of 500 and represent Chinese-Taipei in the Olympic Games.

The WTA Finals team would like to congratulate Tsao and Lee for qualifying for the WTA Future Stars tournament this October and wish them both the very best of luck in their training in the coming months.


The WTA Future Stars event is held in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Catch the WTA Future Stars U14 and U16 Finals on 22 October before the opening ceremony of WTA Finals for free. Click here to get your tickets to the WTA Finals.