Korea became the latest country to solidify their qualifiers for the Future Stars event at the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Da Yeon Baek will be Korea’s U14 representative, while Hye Ran Yun will play in the U16 event.
Baek is currently 13 years old and is ranked No.12 in Korea’s U12 rankings. She was a singles runner-up at the U14 National Junior Tennis Championships and won the singles and doubles titles at the U14 Korean Students Tennis Championships, which she won unseeded. Her career goal is to represent Korea in international competition and the Future Stars event will be her first trip to Singapore, which she hopes to use as a way to improve herself. Serena Williams, the Road to Singapore No.1, is Baek’s favorite player “because the quality of her play is very stable for a long time.”
Yun is 14 years old and has already started playing on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit. She is currently ranked No.1584 and has won at least a match in every single one of her tournaments. She paired with Sohyun Park won the girls’ doubles event at the ITF Asia 14 & Under Development Championships, overcoming second seeds Jia Qi Wang and Jia Yu Chu, of China 6-7(3), 6-4 ,[10-7]. Recently, she was selected as a member of the ITF/GSDF 14 & under junior touring team which is part of the ITF development program. In the future, she wants to play the Grand Slams and be a top player. She is also excited to see the best players showcase their talents in Singapore. “I am very happy, and feel honored to qualify for WTA Future Stars. I always wanted to see the top players in person, and this will be the greatest opportunity for it. “She, like Baek, enjoys the play of Williams, stating “She is very powerful and inspiring as a great tennis player.”
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.