The WTA Future Stars tournament 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.
After rounds of intense and grueling matches, Kim Minseo and Lee Shin Hyeseo emerged as the champions of the U14 and U16 qualifying events. They have been awarded the privilege of representing Korea at the WTA Future Stars event at Singapore in October.
Hailing from Osan, South Korea, Kim Minseo is currently the No.2 U14 junior in her country. She has been inspired by the recent success of up-and-coming ATP player and compatriot Hyeong Chung. She believes that Chung has raised the bar for Korean tennis and she hopes that she can emulate his success on the women’s tour. To Kim, participating in the WTA Future Stars event brings her a step closer to her ambitious goal of entering the Top 100 in the WTA Rankings.
A crafty player who thrives on the dynamic nature of tennis, Kim’s unpredictable tactics gives her an edge over her opponents. From hitting hard shots to executing dropshots, Kim is committed to perfecting her craft before the start of the WTA Future stars event.
“Of course, I’m going into the WTA Future Stars event with the mindset that I can win,” said Kim. “I’m going to run for every ball and fight for every point.”
She is also excited to get the chance to watch the Top 8 play live and is determined to learn as much as she can from those matches.
“Maybe one day I’ll be in their shoes, in the Top 8 and playing at the WTA Finals,” says Kim.
It turns out that Shin Hyeseo, one of the top juniors in Korea, who has had a career high junior International Tennis Federation (ITF) ranking of 586 in April 2017, is well qualified to represent Korea in the WTA Future Stars event.
“I can’t wait to go back to my favourite city, Singapore! It’s so clean and green and everyone is so friendly,” Shin excitedly told the WTA Finals team.
Shin looks up to current World No.1 Simona Halep, whom she sees as her tennis idol. At 158cm tall, Shin identifies with Simona, who stands at 168cm and is considered petite on the WTA Tour. She notes that it is Halep’s speed and aggression on court that makes her a great player. She believes that Halep proves that size does not matter but instead that it is all about hard work and passion.
“When I heard that Simona was the first of the Top 8 to qualify for the WTA Finals, I told myself that I would have to work extra hard at the qualifiers so that I could make it to the WTA Future Stars event and maybe get the chance to watch her play live,” Shin told the WTA Finals team.
Both Kim and Shin promised the WTA Finals team that they will be training hard in the next few weeks before the event.
The WTA Finals team wishes both Kim and Shin 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. Click here to get your tickets to the WTA Finals.