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The WTA Future Stars Tournament has gathered some of the top juniors from the region to compete during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, with the final being played on Center Court. The aspiring U-14 and U-16 players have competed against some of the best peers in the region, and have enjoyed the opportunity to watch the biggest stars of the WTA in action.



Australia
CHARLOTTE KEMPENAERS-POCZ
CHARLOTTE KEMPENAERS-POCZ
U14

Country: Australia
Date of Birth: 11 September 2004
Height: 173cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Annerly Poulos
Annerly Poulos
U16

Country: Australia
Date of Birth: 08 January 2003
Height: 171cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Cambodia
Pechreaksmey Lao
Pechreaksmey Lao
U14

Country: Cambodia
Date of Birth: 25 January 2006
Height: 160cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Apsara Olivia Chhieu
Apsara Olivia Chhieu
U16

Country: Cambodia
Date of Birth: 01 March 2004
Height: 158cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
China
WANG XINTONG
WANG XINTONG
U14

Country: China
Date of Birth: 06 February 2004
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
CHEN MENGYI
CHEN MENGYI
U16

Country: China
Date of Birth: 19 January 2003
Height: 163cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Chinese-Taipei
Yang Ya Yi
Ya-Yi Yang
U14

Country: Chinese Taipei
Date of Birth: 30 May 2004
Height: 163cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Lee Kuan Yi
Lee Kuan-Yi
U16

Country: Chinese Taipei
Date of Birth: 28 September 2002
Height: 174cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Hong Kong
Tang Lok Shu
Tang Lok Shu (Ophelia)
U14

Country: Hong Kong
Date of Birth: 26 April 2006
Height: 145cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Kwok Hong Kiu
Kwok Hong Kiu
U16

Country: Hong Kong
Date of Birth: 17 August 2002
Height: 158cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
India
Sanjana Sirimalla
Sanjana Sirimalla
U14

Country: India
Date of Birth: 16 November 2004
Height: 170cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
SHARANNYA VIJAY GAWARE
SHARANNYA VIJAY GAWARE
U16

Country: India
Date of Birth: 20 May 2002
Height: 160cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Indonesia
KOMANG GINA KUSUMA DEWI
KOMANG GINA KUSUMA DEWI
U14

Country: Indonesia
Date of Birth: 21 March 2004
Height: 152cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
NADYA DHANESWARA
NADYA DHANESWARA
U16

Country: Indonesia
Date of Birth: 05 January 2002
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Japan
Mio Kozaki
Mio Kozaki
U14

Country: Japan
Date of Birth: 30 January 2004
Height: 157cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Ayu Ishibashi
Ayu Ishibashi
U16

Country: Japan
Date of Birth: 19 May 2002
Height: 162cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Kazakhstan
STEFANYA SHALAKHOVA
STEFANYA SHALAKHOVA
U14

Country: Kazakhstan
Date of Birth: 23 May 2004
Height: 162cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
MARIYA SINITSYNA
MARIYA SINITSYNA
U16

Country: Kazakhstan
Date of Birth: 31 March 2003
Height: 178cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Korea
Minseo Kim
Kim MinSeo
U14

Country: Korea
Date of Birth: 24 January 2004
Height: 160cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Hyeseo Shin
Hyeseo Shin
U16

Country: Korea
Date of Birth: 17 April 2002
Height: 158cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Laos
DELILAH PATHUMMAKURONEN
DELILAH PATHUMMAKURONEN
U14

Country: Laos
Date of Birth: 31 May 2006
Height: 155cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Malaysia
IMAN SYUHADA BT ABDULLAH
IMAN SYUHADA BT ABDULLAH
U14

Country: Malaysia
Date of Birth: 15 July 2005
Height: 168cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Hannah Yip
Hannah Yip
U16

Country: Malaysia
Date of Birth: 08 February 2003
Height: 154cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Nepal
Saloni Tamang
Saloni Tamang
U14

Country: Nepal
Date of Birth: 20 February 2004
Height: 167cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Prerana Koirala
Prerana Koirala
U16

Country: Nepal
Date of Birth: 18 September 2003
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
New Zealand
Tina-Marie Lee
Tina-Marie Lee
U14

Country: New Zealand
Date of Birth: 14 February 2004
Height: 166cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Vivian Yang
Vivian Yang
U16

Country: New Zealand
Date of Birth: 11 January 2005
Height: 170cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Pacific Oceania
SAOIRSE BREEN
SAOIRSE BREEN
U14

Country: Pacific Oceania
Date of Birth: 22 June 2004
Height: 168cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
ROSALIE MOLBALEH
ROSALIE MOLBALEH
U16

Country: Pacific Oceania
Date of Birth: 14 August 2002
Height: 176cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Philippines
Macie Carlos
Macie Carlos
U14

Country: Philippines
Date of Birth: 26 April 2004
Height: 162cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Bliss Bayking
Bliss Bayking
U16

Country: Philippines
Date of Birth: 28 May 2002
Height: 172cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Singapore
Charlotte Yeo
Charlotte Yeo
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 15 May 2006
Height: 153cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Claire Chan
Claire Chan Kye Sun
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 5 October 2004
Height: 167cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Lim Lerr Min
Lim Lerr Min
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 26 August 2004
Height: 161cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Michelle Yeo
Michelle Yeo
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 19 January 2005
Height: 161cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Clare Cheng
Clare Cheng
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 26 May 2003
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Deanne Choo Wei Lin
Deanne Choo Wei Lin
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 9 July 2003
Height: 158cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Nicole Ng
Nicole Ng
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 25 June 2002
Height: 158cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Trisha Mulani
Trisha Mulani
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 10 January 2003
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Wang Li Ting
Wang Li Ting
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 14 February 2002
Height: 163cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Sri Lanka
Anjalika Kurera
T. MARIYAN ANJALIKA ROSHNI KURERA
U14

Country: Sri Lanka
Date of Birth: 28 April 2004
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Oshini Herath
Oshini Herath
U16

Country: Sri Lanka
Date of Birth: 7 March 2003
Height: 172cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Thailand
Kittika Aeb Iem
Aeb-Iem Kittika
U14

Country: Thailand
Date of Birth: 9 July 2004
Height: 166cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Thamonpan Jonglertrakul
Thamonpan Jonglertrakul
U16

Country: Thailand
Date of Birth: 27 January 2003
Height: 159cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Uzbekistan
Farida Marimova
Farida Marimova
U14

Country: Uzbekistan
Date of Birth:6 November 2004
Height: 166cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Setora Normurodova
Setora Normurodova
U16

Country: Uzbekistan
Date of Birth: 3 July 2002
Height: 162cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Vietnam
Ly Minh Anh
Ly Minh Anh
U14

Country: Vietnam
Date of Birth: 2 February 2004
Height: 163cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Phan Yen Tich Nguyen
Nguyen Phan Yen-Tich
U16

Country: Vietnam
Date of Birth: 26 April 2003
Height: 175cm
Plays: Right-handed
 

WTA Future Stars Junior Race To Singapore: Kazakhstan Qualifiers

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.

In July, the Junior Race to Singapore took a short break from Asia-Pacific as it headed to Kazakhstan in Central Asia. Playing their qualifying tournament on clay, Yelizaveta Karlova and Takhmina Zhanatova each earned a spot to represent their nation in the U14 and U16 categories respectively at the WTA Future Stars event in Singapore this October. Kazakhstan joins the competing field for a second time, making it a grand total of 21 countries taking part in the event this year.

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“I am very excited to compete among the top players in the region at the WTA Future Stars event in Singapore. I am honored to be able to represent my country and am confident I will not let my supporters down,” said Karlova when she spoke to the WTA Finals team.

Standing tall at 5’6”, the 14 year-old was beaming when she spoke about her tennis idol. She expressed respect for all the players on the WTA tour and admits that she tries to learn as much as she can from each player’s strengths.

Karlova’s favorite player, Garbine Muguruza, has taught her how to be mature in the sport and to behave with grace. She pays attention to the way Muguruza acts on court and how she deals with losses. Karlova believes in giving back to the community and hopes to be able to inspire other players to achieve their dreams one day, just like her idol Muguruza has been inspiring her.

Karlova’s father is an avid tennis fan and plays the sport recreationally. Growing up watching her father on the court motivated her to pick up a racket and learn the sport herself. What she loves most about tennis is the fact that it brings life to people. It shows a person’s determination and true character in the way they handle themselves during matches.

“Every moment is considered and you have to give your best throughout. I never give up”, Karlova said, donning a confident smile. She is certain that she will do her best to make her country proud.

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Zhanatova, too, cannot wait to be in Singapore!

“I am very proud and happy to be representing my country. It will be the start of my tennis career and I believe this experience will be beneficial to improving my game and being the best I can be,” she said to the WTA Finals team.

When asked how she got into the sport, Zhanatova could not stop giggling.

“Tennis is actually my mother’s favorite sport. She wanted me to play tennis. I was so young, I did not understand anything so I just followed her! But now I am really happy I am here. Tennis gives me a sense of satisfaction and makes me feel good”, the 15 year-old explained.

She enjoys the range of emotions tennis makes her feel. From happiness, to excitement, to nervousness, she has felt it all and credits the sport for teaching her how to be a better person. She also takes cues on how to handle herself from her idol, Maria Sharapova. She likes Sharapova’s attitude and professionalism on court and her desire to just go for every ball.

Thus far in her tennis journey, her most cherished memories come from the tournament she played in Doha, Qatar. It was one of her first tournaments and she defied all odds to attain the result she had. She always looks back fondly on her memories in Doha and hopes to make new memories in Singapore too.

The WTA Finals team wishes both Karlova and Zhanatova the best in their preparation for the WTA Future Stars event in Singapore!

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.

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