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.
The WTA Future Stars qualifying event in Hong Kong has concluded where Tang Lok Shu and Kwok Hong Kiu emerged champions in the U14 and U16 divisions respectively. They will be representing Hong Kong in the WTA Future Stars event in Singapore.
At only 12 years old, Tang Lok Shu is one of the youngest to qualify for the U14 event. But do not let her petite frame and young age fool you, Tang had defeated girls who were one to two years older than her en-route to qualifying for the WTA Future Stars event in Singapore.
Currently, Tang has a National Junior Ranking of 20 in Hong Kong and has her eyes set on making it to the ITF U14 team in the near future. She has already won numerous tournaments, the most notable being the Longines Future Tennis Aces Hong Kong Selection tournament this year.
“I love tennis because it allows me to travel to different countries and become friends with tennis players from all over the world,” Tang chirped. A friendly and outgoing girl, she’s also excited for the social aspect of the event, where the WTA Future Stars will have plenty of opportunities to interact with each other in-between matches and at meals.
Tang knows that she still has many areas to improve on and much to learn in tennis. She takes cues from her idol, Simona Halep whom she praises for her “intelligent game”. She a forward-thinker and sees the WTA Future Stars event as a huge learning experience in developing her game.
“I can’t wait to play against these girls who are also the top players from their countries. I hope to learn more about the different tactics used both by my peers and the Top 8 players during the WTA Finals as well,” the 12 year-old explained.
“I’m so thankful for this opportunity to represent Hong Kong in the WTA Future Stars event and I hope that I can make my country proud!” Kwok Hong Kiu said, hardly able to contain her joy, after she had successfully qualified for the U16 category of the WTA Future Stars event.
“I think I’ve come a long way, from a 5-year-old girl who wanted to join my brother’s tennis lesson, to representing Hong Kong on a global stage,” she adds.
A left-handed hard hitter with impressive speed and agility, Kwok names Serena Williams as her tennis idol. She particularly admires Serena’s powerful shots and fast movement around the court.
With only slightly over a month till the start of the tournament, Kwok has not much time left to prepare. She tells the WTA Finals team that she will be continuing to push herself, mentally and physically, challenging herself to improve as much as she can now, so that she can play her heart out during the event.
The WTA Finals team wishes both Tang and Kwok 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.