Uzbekistan is returning to the WTA Future Stars event for the second time this year. Darya Kornilova and Yasmina Karimjanova will be representing Uzbekistan in the U14 and U16 categories respectively.
Darya Kornilova was born and raised in Tashkent, home of WTA’s International-level tournament, Tashkent Open.
“I feel very proud to represent my country at the WTA Future Stars event. It is such a prestigious tournament and I will do my best to display strong tennis on court,” said the 14 year-old.
When Kornilova was little, she tried her hand at a range of sports. Her first practice session in tennis went so well that she immediately took a liking to the sport. She has since dedicated her time to pursuing tennis competitively and working towards improving her game. Her biggest goal is to become a professional tennis player.
“I enjoy the pressure on court, it keeps me alert during matches,” said Kornilova, evidently not fazed by stress. She added that she takes cues from her idol, Francesca Schiavone, and tries to learn as much as she can from every minute she spends on court, be it during competition or practice.
“I am looking forward to playing with the best players around the region and observing how they handle important points. The WTA Future Stars event will be a great platform for me to grow as a player and I cannot wait to be in Singapore!” she exclaimed.
Yasmina Karimjanova’s path to tennis started with a deep-rooted desire to keep healthy. She began playing a range of sports as a child and is very grateful for having discovered tennis. She believes that it has helped her develop important life skills like leadership and determination.
“My favorite stroke is the backhand. I love when I blast a backhand and it confuses my opponent,” said the left-hander, breaking into a cheeky giggle.
Karimjanova believes that to achieve her ultimate goal of become a Top 10 player on the WTA Tour, she will have to expose herself to different playing styles. The WTA Future Stars event will be a good place for her to start, with players from across 20 other countries in attendance.
“I am extremely excited and cannot wait to be in Singapore! Competing against so many talented individuals will be such a great experience for me and I am looking forward to representing Uzbekistan,” said Karimjanova.
The WTA Finals team wishes Kornilova and Karimjanova the best as they prepare for the WTA Future Stars event this October.
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 22 October before the opening ceremony of WTA Finals for free. Click here to get your tickets to the WTA Finals.