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The WTA Future Stars is an engagement platform aimed at encouraging young boys and girls throughout Asia-Pacific to live a better life through sport. Through tennis, the goal is to inculcate in the next generation the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, teamwork, discipline and focus which will build strength in character that will benefit them both on the tennis court and in life.

As part of the program, the WTA Future Stars Tournament gathers 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. These aspiring U-14 and U-16 players will compete against some of their best peers in the region and also enjoy the opportunity to watch the biggest stars of the WTA in action.

The WTA Future Stars also features a grassroots development initiative to introduce the sport to less privileged communities throughout Asia-Pacific. WTA Future Stars Clinics have been conducted in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand and the outreach continues to grow.



Australia
Qualifiers to be announced.
Cambodia
Qualifiers to be announced.
China
Qualifiers to be announced.
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
Qualifiers to be announced.
Indonesia
Qualifiers to be announced.
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
Qualifiers to be announced.
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
Qualifiers to be announced.
Malaysia
Qualifiers to be announced.
Nepal
Saloni Tamang
Saloni Tamang
U14

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

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

Country: New Zealand
 
Vivian Yang
Vivian Yang
U16

Country: New Zealand
 
Pacific Oceania
Qualifiers to be announced.
Philippines
Qualifiers to be announced.
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
 
Sri Lanka
Anjalika Kurera
T. MARIYAN ANJELIKA 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
Marimova Farida
Marimova Farida
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 attracts largest field of juniors from Asia-Pacific

All-time high of 48 junior tennis players from 21 Asia-Pacific countries will compete at the 2017 WTA Future Stars tournament in Singapore.

SINGAPORE – The 2017 WTA Future Stars tournament has hit a new high, with 48 qualifiers representing 21 countries across the Asia-Pacific, all gathering in Singapore to play against each other from October 17 – 22.

Held in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the WTA Future Stars program was developed to showcase the best of Asia-Pacific’s next Stars.

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Since its inception in 2014, Singapore has welcomed more than 150 WTA Future Stars participants to compete against each other and alongside activities to breed friendship and encourage sportsmanship.

“I am very excited to represent Sri Lanka at the WTA Future Stars event. I can’t wait to compete against the best in the region and experience the atmosphere of the WTA Finals while I’m there. It would be good for me to be able to see the standards of the other players and see how I measure up against them.”
Anika Seneviratne, 15 (Sri Lanka)

Participation has continued to grow year-on-year, with new countries signing up, and more players from the region continuing to build on the quality of the competition. Kazakhstan will be represented for the first time while Cambodia and Laos return after a one-year absence. Each country sends two representatives, one each in the U14 and U16 categories, with host city Singapore represented by nine participants this year.

“The WTA Future Stars initiative continues to engage with the budding tennis talent across Asia-Pacific,” said Donna Kelso, Tournament Director of the WTA Future Stars tournament. “During their time in Singapore, the young players get to interact with their peers from the region, building invaluable bonds that form the foundation of a support system as they continue to rise up the ranks in the coming years.

“Aside from the competition and the tips they pick up on court, we hope that the girls also learn about diversity in cultures, backgrounds and experiences from one another.”

Steve Simon and 2016 WTA Future Stars (Getty Images)
WTA CEO Steve Simon with the 2016 WTA Future Stars champions and finalists: Violet Apisah of Australia, Shivani Amineni of India, Shiori Ito of Japan and Olesya Kim of Uzbekistan.

This year, winners of the WTA Future Stars tournament will receive their trophies from WTA Legends Yayuk Basuki from Indonesia and Tamarine Tanasugarn from Thailand, who have been involved in the initiative since 2016. They will be joined this year by newly-appointed WTA Finals Legend Ambassador Lindsay Davenport, who will be in Singapore and meeting with the WTA Future Stars for the first time, through a Q&A session with the young girls.

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In addition, WTA Legend Martina Navratilova will be presenting the Li Na Inspiration Award to two WTA Future Stars who embody the spirit of the game both on and off the court, as well as qualities that made Li Na well-loved with fans, players and sponsors throughout her career.

Tanasugarn, WTA Legend and former World No.19, who hosted a tennis clinic in Bangkok as part of the WTA Future Stars regional grassroots outreach, said: “The WTA Future Stars is an amazing initiative by the WTA to not just introduce the sport to more young children in the region, but also to encourage those who are already playing to continue on their journey. I am very pleased to be involved in the program again and I hope we can continue to see more great talent emerge from this region.”

The U14 and U16 round robin and semifinal matches will take place at the Kallang Tennis Centre from October 17 – 22. The finals will start at 11am on Sunday, October 22, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, before the first WTA Finals Singles match. Admission to the WTA Future Stars finals matches is free.

This year, the WTA Future Stars will also be participating in the inaugural WTA Charities Community Day held on Saturday, October 21. In a clinic led by former British Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray, the WTA Future Stars will be joined by children from SportCares and the Tennis For Every Child program by SC Global, as well as members of the wheelchair tennis club in Singapore.


The WTA Future Stars tournament is organised by the WTA, in partnership with Sport Singapore and the Singapore Tennis Association, with the support of Peak, SAP and Wilson. Working closely with WTA stars, legends and experts, WTA Future Stars clinics and masterclasses have been conducted in India, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, and of course Singapore, reaching out to hundreds of children in these communities and encouraging them to live a better life through the sport.

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This article was first seen on www.wtatennis.com.

 

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