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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
PEARCE, Maggie
PEARCE, Maggie
U14

Country: Australia
Date of Birth: 27 April 2003
Height: 5'4"
Plays: Right-handed
 
SMITH, Megan
SMITH, Megan
U16

Country: Australia
Date of Birth: 19 March 2001
Height: 5'9"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Cambodia
Chhieu, Apsara Olivia
Chhieu, Apsara Olivia
U14

Country: Cambodia
Date of Birth: 1 March 2004
Height: 5'0"
Plays: Right-handed
 
China
CHEN, Mengyi
CHEN, Mengyi
U14

Country: China
Date of Birth: 19 January 2003
Height: 5'3"
Plays: Right-handed
 
CAO, Xue
CAO, Xue
U16

Country: China
Date of Birth: 7 February 2001
Height: 5'7"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Chinese-Taipei
Chia, Yi Tsao
Chia, Yi Tsao
U14

Country: Chinese-Taipei
Date of Birth: 2 December 2003
Height: 5'5"
Plays: Left-handed
 
Lee, Ya-Ysin
Lee, Ya-Ysin
U16

Country: Chinese-Taipei
Date of Birth: 10 April 2001
Height: 5'4"
Plays: Left-handed
 
Hong Kong
Au-Yeung
Au-Yeung, Kit Yi Kaye
U14

Country: Hong Kong
Date of Birth: 27 March 2003
Height: 5'3"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Wan, Skylar
Wan, Skylar
U16

Country: Hong Kong
Date of Birth: 22 June 2001
Height: 5'1"
Plays: Right-handed
 
India
DEV, Sarah
DEV, Sarah
U14

Country: India
Date of Birth: 14 December 2003
Height: 5'2"
Plays: Right-handed
 
AHER, Salsa Parag
AHER, Salsa Parag
U16

Country: India
Date of Birth: 12 June 2001
Height: 5'2"
Plays: Left-handed
 
Indonesia
M Nugroho, Priska
M NUGROHO, Priska
U14

Country: Indonesia
Date of Birth: 29 May 2003
Height: 5'2"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Tjen, Janice
TJEN, Janice
U16

Country: Indonesia
Date of Birth: 6 May 2002
Height: 5'5"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Japan
MORIOKA, Kirara
MORIOKA, Kirara
U14

Country: Japan
Date of Birth: 12 June 2003
Height: 5'4"
Plays: Right-handed
 
IMAMURA, Saki
IMAMURA, Saki
U16

Country: Japan
Date of Birth: 16 April 2001
Height: 5'4"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Kazakhstan
Karlova, Yelizaveta
Karlova, Yelizaveta
U14

Country: Kazakhstan
Date of Birth: 29 April 2003
Height: 5'6"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Zhanatova, Tahkmina
Zhanatova, Tahkmina
U16

Country: Kazakhstan
Date of Birth: 15 January 2002
Height: 5'8"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Korea
Im, Hee Rae
Im, Hee Rae
U14

Country: Korea
Date of Birth: 7 February 2004
Height: 5'4"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Kwon, Jimin
Kwon, Jimin
U16

Country: Korea
Date of Birth: 19 February 2003
Height: 5'1"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Laos
PATHUMMAKURONEN, Malaylack Delilah
PATHUMMAKURONEN, Malaylack Delilah
U14

Country: Laos
Date of Birth: 31 May 2006
Height: 4’9"
Plays: Left-handed
 
PHOTHISOMEPHONE, Pabou
PHOTHISOMEPHONE, Pabou
U16

Country: Laos
Date of Birth: 11 May 2003
Height: 4’9”
Plays: Right-handed
 
Malaysia
WAN ABDUL RAHMAN, Sharifah Elsa
WAN ABDUL RAHMAN,
Sharifah Elsa
U14

Country: Malaysia
Date of Birth: 8 December 2003
Height: 5'5"
Plays: Right-handed
 
WAN ABDUL RAHMAN, Sharifah Elysia
WAN ABDUL RAHMAN,
Sharifah Elysia
U16

Country: Malaysia
Date of Birth: 2 August 2002
Height: 5'9"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Nepal
Koirala, Prerana
Koirala, Prerana
U14

Country: Nepal
Date of Birth: 19 September 2003
Height: 5'5"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Mathema, Anne
Mathema, Anne
U16

Country: Nepal
Date of Birth: 16 January 2001
Height: 5'4"
Plays: Right-handed
 
New Zealand
TAMANIKA, Ana
TAMANIKA, Ana
U14

Country: New Zealand
Date of Birth: 17 January 2003
Height: 5'8"
Plays: Right-handed
 
VENTURA, Elys
VENTURA, Elys
U16

Country: New Zealand
Date of Birth: 20 January 2001
Height: 4'9"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Pacific Oceania
BREEN, Saoirse
BREEN, Saoirse
U14

Country: Pacific Oceania
Date of Birth: 22 June 2004
Height: 5'7"
Plays: Right-handed
 
MA'ASI, Brookie
MA'ASI, Brookie
U16

Country: Pacific Oceania
Date of Birth: 1 August 2001
Height: 5'6"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Philippines
EALA, Alexandra
EALA, Alexandra
U14

Country: Philippines
Date of Birth: 23 May 2005
Height: 5'7"
Plays: Left-handed
 
LLAMAS, Tracy
LLAMAS, Tracy
U16

Country: Philippines
Date of Birth: 17 August 2001
Height: 5'3"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Singapore
Cheng, Clare
Cheng, Clare
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 26 May 2003
Height: 5'3"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Choo, Deanne Wei-Lin
Choo, Deanne Wei-Lin
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 9 July 2003
Height: 5'0"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Lim, Lerr Min
Lim, Lerr Min
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 26 August 2004
Height: 5'2"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Mulani, Trisha
Mulani, Trisha
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 10 January 2003
Height: 5'3"
Plays: Right-handed
 
LAI, Micaela
LAI, Micaela
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 28 September 2002
Height: 5'4"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Lim, Lynelle
Lim, Lynelle
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 29 July 2001
Height: 5'1"
Plays: Left-handed
 
Ng, Nicole
Ng, Nicole
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 25 June 2002
Height: 5'1"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Tan, Tammy
Tan, Tammy
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 18 August 2001
Height: 5'6"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Wang, Li Ting
Wang, Li Ting
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 14 February 2002
Height: 5'3"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Sri Lanka
Kurera Anjalika
KURERA, Anjalika
U14

Country: Sri Lanka
Date of Birth: 28 April 2004
Height: 5'0"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Seneviratne Anika
SENEVIRATNE, Anika
U16

Country: Sri Lanka
Date of Birth: 23 February 2002
Height: 5'7"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Thailand
JATTAVAPORNVANIT, PIMRADA
JATTAVAPORNVANIT, PIMRADA
U14

Country: Thailand
Date of Birth: 17 October 2003
Height: 5'3"
Plays: Left-handed
 
KINAREE, Natthanicha
KINAREE, Natthanicha
U16

Country: Thailand
Date of Birth: 20 October 2002
Height: 5'5"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Uzbekistan
Darya Kornilova
KORNILOVA, Darya
U14

Country: Uzbekistan
Date of Birth: 23 April 2003
Height: 5'3"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Yasmina Karimjanova
KARIMJANOVA, YASMINA
U16

Country: Uzbekistan
Date of Birth: 21 August 2001
Height: 5'5"
Plays: Left-handed
 
Vietnam
Le Thao Han
Le Thao Han
U14

Country: Vietnam
Date of Birth: 27 October 2004
Height: 5'1"
Plays: Right-handed
 
Nguyen, Thi Mai Huong
Nguyen, Thi Mai Huong
U16

Country: Vietnam
Date of Birth: 27 August 2001
Height: 5'2"
Plays: Right-handed
 
 

Schedules and Draws

Date Start of Play Venue Order of Play Scores & Draws
Tuesday
17 October
Round Robin 10am Kallang Tennis Centre Download
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Wednesday
18 October
Round Robin 9am Kallang Tennis Centre Download
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Thursday
19 October
Round Robin 9am Kallang Tennis Centre Download
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Friday
20 October
Semi Final 9am Kallang Tennis Centre Download
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Sunday
22 October
U14 Final 11am Singapore Indoor Stadium Download
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FB U16 Final



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.

Read more: Sania Mirza holds court with India's Future Stars

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.

Read more: WTA Future Stars hit the court in Thailand

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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