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Yadlapalli Triumphs at Future Stars Event

Pranjala Yadlapalli transferred her stellar form indoors to lift the WTA Future Stars U-16 Gold Tournament on Monday.

Pranjala Yadlapalli rounded off a dominant week at the WTA Future Stars U-16 Gold Tournament lifting the title with an emphatic victory over Yun Hye Ran.

In the opening two rounds, staged outside at the Kallang Tennis Centre, No.2 seed Yadlapalli had surrendered just nine games. For Monday's final, the players made the short journey down the road to the Singapore Indoor Stadium, but the change in venue made no difference to Yadlapalli, who continued her rich vein of form by brushing aside Yung, 6-2, 6-0.

The U-14 event proved to be a far closer affair, the unseeded Chu Jiayu hanging on to defeat Fitriani Sabatini.

Chu had upset No.2 seed Mahak Jain in the semifinals, and proved this was no fluke by overcoming Sabatini, 6-0, 2-6, 10-6.

The WTA Future Stars events began on Thursday, featuring players from across the Asia-Pacific region with a vision to promote high-level athlete development, health, fitness and empowerment of women through tennis.

Among those to have made it through the highly competitive qualification process were a couple of orphans hailing from Cambodia. While both failed in their bid to lift the trophy, they did not leave empty handed, creating memories to last a lifetime by rubbing shoulders with Maria Sharapova and the seven other qualifiers during the build up to the start of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

 

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