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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
 
 

Stars of the Next Generation in Asia-Pacific Crowned

The region’s top young talent competed at the 2017 WTA Future Stars in Singapore

SINGAPOREPriska Nugroho from Indonesia and Megan Smith from Australia have been crowned as champions of the 2017 WTA Future Stars tournament. The players took part in the fourth edition of the WTA Future Stars tournament last week, which showcased some of the region's youngest tennis players.

Forty-eight young players from 21 Asia-Pacific countries battled it out in the tournament which took place ahead of the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. This afternoon, the tournament concluded with the final matches of the U14 and U16 categories at the Centre Court, Singapore Indoor Stadium.

 In attendance were WTA Legends Yayuk Basuki from Indonesia and Tamarine Tanasugarn from Thailand who handed out the trophies to the winners and 18-time Grand Slam title holder, Martina Navratilova who presented the Li Na Inspiration Award to two WTA Future Stars.

“It is truly impressive that these young women get to represent their respective countries and play at such a high level,” shared Tanasugarn. “I have seen great improvement in the quality of play amongst young players across Asia-Pacific and I believe that the WTA Future Stars platform has helped to inspire the players to raise their level of play in the region.”

Nugroho bested Jattavapornvanit during the final U14 match with a closing score of 6-3 6-3. Meanwhile, Australian Future Star, Megan Smith took home the title in the U16 category with impressive shots and final scores of 7-5 1-6 10-5 over Ya-Hsin Lee from Chinese-Taipei.

“It has been an exciting week for me playing against the other future stars and it’s an honour to take home the trophy,” said Smith. “I really love the experience here in Singapore and I learned a lot from the tennis legends and coaches. I hope that this gives me the platform to push further and represent my country”.

U14 player Yelizaveta Karlova representing Kazakhstan, and U16 player Elys Ventura from New Zealand, were chosen as the recipients of the Li Na Inspiration Award for their remarkable show of sportsmanship throughout the tournament’s run and were presented with their awards from Tiffany & Co.

“I feel very honoured to receive the Li Na Inspiration Award from the WTA. All of us came here to compete and win, but what is more important are the friendships that I have made and the bond that I have built with my fellow Future Stars,” said Ventura.

“The WTA Future Stars is a program that does not only help young players to develop their skills but to help them understand what it really means to be a tennis player on and off the court,” said WTA Finals Legend Ambassador, Alicia Molik, who conducted a tennis clinic for the participants earlier this week. “There is always that feeling of fulfilment being able to share my experiences to the young ones and I hope that they continue to strive harder to reach their dreams and that they treasure all the memories they all have shared during the tournament.”

Speaking after the finals, Donna Kelso, Tournament Director of the WTA Stars said, “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s WTA Future Stars. I have witnessed the best of the next generation from this region compete over the last few days and I must say that everyone is truly outstanding and you are all champions to me. I am so proud of all of them and hopefully they will continue pursue their journey in tennis.”

“Every year, I look forward to seeing these young women play and participate in the different activities we’ve organised to ensure that they get to take with them not just the skills but the knowledge and attitude of a true professional tennis player.”

Echoing the success of the tournament, Melissa Pine, Vice-President of WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the WTA Finals said, “The WTA Future Stars is an important component of the WTA Finals event in Singapore as we look to build the legacy of women’s tennis in the region. We are thrilled to create opportunities for these young girls to meet the very best in women’s tennis and I believe that their experiences here will continue to inspire them in their future endeavours.”

 

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