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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
Pechreaksmey Lao
Pechreaksmey Lao
U14

Country: Cambodia
Date of Birth: 25 January 2006
Height: 160cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Apsara Olivia Chhieu
Apsara Olivia Chhieu
U16

Country: Cambodia
Date of Birth: 01 March 2004
Height: 158cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
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
Vivian Yang
Vivian Yang
U14

Country: New Zealand
Date of Birth: 11 January 2005
Height: 170cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Tina-Marie Lee
Tina-Marie Lee
U16

Country: New Zealand
Date of Birth: 14 February 2004
Height: 166cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
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
 
 

Schedules and Draws

Date Start of Play Venue
Tuesday
16 October
Round Robin 10am OCBC Arena
Wednesday
17 October
Round Robin 9am OCBC Arena
Thursday
18 October
Round Robin 9am OCBC Arena
Saturday
20 October
Semi Final 9am OCBC Arena
Sunday
21 October
U14 Final 11am Singapore Indoor Stadium
FB U16 Final



WTA Future Stars Junior Race To Singapore: Uzbekistan Qualifiers

WTA Future Stars Junior Race To Singapore: Uzbekistan Qualifiers

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.

With the conclusion of the Junior Race to Singapore in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Marimova Farida and Setora Normurodova have qualified for the WTA Future Stars event in the U14 and U16 categories respectively.

Uzbekistan Qualifiers 1

As a three-time U14 National Junior Champion, Marimova Farida was the favourite to win the WTA Future Stars qualifying event. Aspiring to become a player on the WTA tour, she sees this event as a stepping stone and huge learning opportunity.

“I’m going to gain invaluable match experience during the event, this will only help me improve and become a stronger tennis player,” she told the WTA Finals team confidently.

To complement her ambitious goals, Farida is focused on keeping the passion for tennis alive. She says that she still feels a surge of happiness and excitement every time she steps onto a court.

“My favourite sound is that characteristic ‘pop!’ that you get when you hit the ball against the racquet at the sweet spot,” Farida tried to explain in between her giggles. “Every time I hit a shot and hear that sound, I feel so positive!”

When asked which WTA player she hopes will qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore, she named Jelena Ostapenko without hesitation.

“She’s such an aggressive player and hits so many winners. She’s also young, talented and hardworking,” Farida explained. “I hope that I can learn to hit a forehand as penetrative as hers.”

Uzbekistan Qualifiers 2

“The players from Uzbekistan have always done well at the WTA Future Stars event. I’m so honoured that I get this chance to represent my country and give it my all during the event,” Setora Normurodova told the WTA Finals team.

On court, Normurodova is a crafty, left-handed player. She loves dictating the pace of the point, switching it up by using an array of trick shots to her advantage. As a result, many of her peers during the qualifiers were not able to keep up with her.

When Normurodova’s parents first introduced her to tennis at five years-old, their main intention was for their daughter to have regular exercise so that she could be fit and healthy. Little did they expect that their daughter would excel at this sport, rising the ranks to become the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) U14 No.1 player in 2016 and even win her very first International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior title in July this year.

Normurodova is thankful for the opportunity to play the sport and acknowledges that lessons learnt from tennis have a reach far beyond the court.

“Tennis has greatly improved my leadership ability. The sport taught me how to make critical decisions in a split second and to stick by my choices. It has given me more confidence to lead my friends and peers,” she told the WTA Finals team.

Both girls have said that in the lead up to the WTA Future Stars event in October, they will be focused on preparing themselves both mentally and physically for the challenging matches ahead.

The WTA Finals Team would like to congratulate Farida and Normurodova 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. 

 

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