The WTA Future Stars event 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 21 countries around Asia-Pacific are provided valuable experiences and exclusive insight into the world of professional women’s tennis.
After rounds of intense and grueling matches, Yang Ya-Yi and Lee Kuan-Yi emerged as the champions of the U14 and U16 qualifying events. They have been awarded the privilege of representing Chinese-Taipei at the WTA Future Stars event at Singapore in October.
Yang Ya-Yi might have started playing tennis at a young age, but that does not mean that she ever stops trying to improve in her game. It’s only apt that she tries to emulate her favourite player Venus Williams, known for her tenacity, grit and strategic placements.
What makes Yang different from other players? “I think one trait that sets me apart is the ability to calmly handle high pressure and challenging situations in matches. When I’m able to successfully overcome these challenges, and win the match, it leaves me filled with a great sense of achievement,” she said with a grin across her face.
“I’m excited for the matches we’ll be playing. It’s such a great privilege to be playing the best U14 girls from Asia-Pacific, and be exposed to their different playing styles,” Yang told the WTA Finals team.
Four-time U16 Singles National Junior Champion, Lee was elated when she won her final match and managed to qualify for the WTA Future Stars event in Singapore.
“I’m really looking forward to taking part in the event, watching the Top 8 women play and to soak in the lively atmosphere. These women are my idols!” Lee exclaimed.
In spite of her numerous achievements in Taiwan, Lee still finds that the greatest challenge she faces as a tennis player is having to deal with failure.
“It’s always difficult when you lose a match or have a bad day. I think the best tennis players know how to pick themselves up and are constantly determined to improve and train harder,” says Lee. “I hope that taking part in this event will let me learn more about how to have a positive attitude and inspire me to move forward and play better tennis.”
Yang and Lee both told the WTA Finals team that they will be using this last month before the event starts wisely, putting in more hours on the court and training extra hard.
The WTA Finals team wishes both Yang and Lee 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 21 October before the opening ceremony of WTA Finals for free.