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 Asia-Pacific are provided valuable experiences and exclusive insight into the world of professional women’s tennis.
The Junior Race to Singapore has concluded in Nepal, where Saloni Tamang and Prerana Koirala emerged as champions in the U14 and U16 qualifying events respectively. Koirala competed in the 2017 WTA Future Stars U14 event, and will be returning this year to represent Nepal in the U16 event, while Tamang will be competing in Singapore for the first time in the U14 event.
“I love tennis, especially singles because it is an individual sport. You are only accountable to yourself, no one else. The motivation is intrinsic, and it makes me want to push myself harder and harder every day,” said Tamang, to the WTA Finals team.
Aside from playing matches against her peers, Tamang is also looking forward to watching matches during the WTA Finals. This will be the most prestigious event that she has been invited to thus far, and she is excited to watch some world class tennis matches.
“I hope that seeing these players will help me better understand the high standards of tennis on the WTA circuit and will inspire me to be the best tennis player than I can be,” said Tamang.
Tamang is going to work hard with her coach Raj Lama, to prepare for the matches against other WTA Future Stars in Singapore. She is proud to be donning the Nepalese flag on her shirt, and hopes that one day, she will don the flag as she represents her country at the Olympics as well.
“I can’t believe that I qualified for the WTA Future Stars event again and am going back to Singapore! I can’t wait to go back to my favourite city!” Koirala exclaimed, unable to contain her excitement. “Last year, I had such a good time, made so many friends and learnt so much, this year is going to be just as great.”
Koirala is one of the few girls who have successfully qualified for the WTA Future Stars more than once. She first qualified last year, playing in the U14 event. This year, despite being 15 years-old and having just transitioned into the U16 event, she is already the highest ranked U16 player in Nepal and successfully battled through the Nepal qualifiers.
Since she was in Grade 7, Koirala knew that she wanted to be a professional tennis player and aspires to take part in all four Grand Slam tournaments. She gives credit to her coach, Raj Lama for encouraging her to pursue tennis and showing her that sports can be a viable career path too.
Koirala sees the WTA Future Stars event as a stepping stone to further her career in tennis and will be trying to take away as many learning points as she can during the event. She particularly enjoyed last year’s sharing session with WTA Legends, Yayuk Basuki, Tamarine Tanasugarn and Lindsay Davenport, and looks forward to learning from the experiences of more WTA Legends and players this year.
The WTA Finals team would like to congratulate Tamang and Koirala for qualifying for the WTA Future Stars event this October and wish them both the very best of luck in their training in the coming weeks.
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.