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.
As the Junior Race to Singapore drew to a close, Aeb-iem Kittika and Thamonpan Jonglertrakul emerged as champions of the U14 and U16 qualifying events. Their victories earned them a spot at the WTA Future Stars event in Singapore this October.
During the qualifiers, Kittika showed an incredible level of focus and perseverance, battling through every match. In fact, Kittika is known for her focus and consistent performance. In 2017, she won 3 tournaments in a row, played back to back over 3 weeks. That is an incredible feat and Kittika hopes that she can build on these traits as she grows as a tennis player.
“I hope that one day, I’ll be the World No.1 women’s tennis player and win a Grand Slam title,” Kittika told the WTA Finals team with a grin.
When she was younger, Kittika never even considered playing tennis. Every time her family went to play tennis together, Kittika would shy away and be reluctant to join. It was only after a lot of convincing, that she started to play tennis. Since then, she’s never looked back and has developed a strong love for the sport.
“During the WTA Future Stars event, my opponents are going to be the best from Asia-Pacific so it’s going to be a super pressurizing. I hope that I can learn how to better deal with this pressure and make calmer decisions,” Kittika told the WTA Finals team. “I think it’ll also be interesting to see the different game techniques that these players have and learn from them.”
“My favourite things about tennis are the friends that I make while playing tournaments and how it helps with relieving stress. When I’m stressed, I like to hit the ball extra hard,” Jonglertrakul told the WTA Finals team with a cheeky smile across her face.
Jonglertrakul is a good friend of Primada Jattacapronavanit, the U14 finalist at the WTA Future Stars event last year. Her achievement at the 2017 event have been inspiration to Jonglertrakul and countless other Thai players.
“I really hope that I can emulate Jattacapornavanit’s excellent results last year and make it to the WTA Future Stars Finals. I’d love to play on Centre Court, under the lights and in front of the huge crowd,” Jonglertrakul told the WTA Finals team.
Jonglertrakul’s favourite player is current World No.4 Angelique Kerber, whom she admires for her strong technical ability and mental resilience. She notes that Kerber is unique as she seems to be one of the more daring players, unafraid of approaching the net and moving her opponents around the court. Jonglertrakul tries to have the same brave mindset as Kerber during her matches.
“Look!” as Jonglertrakul excitedly held up her racquet to show the WTA Finals team, “It’s the same racquet than Kerber uses!”
The WTA Finals Team would like to congratulate Kittika and Jonglertrakul 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.