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The WTA Future Stars Tournament has gathered some of the top juniors from the region to compete during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, with the final being played on Center Court. The aspiring U-14 and U-16 players have competed against some of the best peers in the region, and have enjoyed the opportunity to watch the biggest stars of the WTA in action.



Australia
CHARLOTTE KEMPENAERS-POCZ
CHARLOTTE KEMPENAERS-POCZ
U14

Country: Australia
Date of Birth: 11 September 2004
Height: 173cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Annerly Poulos
Annerly Poulos
U16

Country: Australia
Date of Birth: 08 January 2003
Height: 171cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Cambodia
Pechreaksmey Lao
Pechreaksmey Lao
U14

Country: Cambodia
Date of Birth: 25 January 2006
Height: 160cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Apsara Olivia Chhieu
Apsara Olivia Chhieu
U16

Country: Cambodia
Date of Birth: 01 March 2004
Height: 158cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
China
WANG XINTONG
WANG XINTONG
U14

Country: China
Date of Birth: 06 February 2004
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
CHEN MENGYI
CHEN MENGYI
U16

Country: China
Date of Birth: 19 January 2003
Height: 163cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Chinese-Taipei
Yang Ya Yi
Ya-Yi Yang
U14

Country: Chinese Taipei
Date of Birth: 30 May 2004
Height: 163cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Lee Kuan Yi
Lee Kuan-Yi
U16

Country: Chinese Taipei
Date of Birth: 28 September 2002
Height: 174cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Hong Kong
Tang Lok Shu
Tang Lok Shu (Ophelia)
U14

Country: Hong Kong
Date of Birth: 26 April 2006
Height: 145cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Kwok Hong Kiu
Kwok Hong Kiu
U16

Country: Hong Kong
Date of Birth: 17 August 2002
Height: 158cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
India
Sanjana Sirimalla
Sanjana Sirimalla
U14

Country: India
Date of Birth: 16 November 2004
Height: 170cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
SHARANNYA VIJAY GAWARE
SHARANNYA VIJAY GAWARE
U16

Country: India
Date of Birth: 20 May 2002
Height: 160cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Indonesia
KOMANG GINA KUSUMA DEWI
KOMANG GINA KUSUMA DEWI
U14

Country: Indonesia
Date of Birth: 21 March 2004
Height: 152cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
NADYA DHANESWARA
NADYA DHANESWARA
U16

Country: Indonesia
Date of Birth: 05 January 2002
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Japan
Mio Kozaki
Mio Kozaki
U14

Country: Japan
Date of Birth: 30 January 2004
Height: 157cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Ayu Ishibashi
Ayu Ishibashi
U16

Country: Japan
Date of Birth: 19 May 2002
Height: 162cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Kazakhstan
STEFANYA SHALAKHOVA
STEFANYA SHALAKHOVA
U14

Country: Kazakhstan
Date of Birth: 23 May 2004
Height: 162cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
MARIYA SINITSYNA
MARIYA SINITSYNA
U16

Country: Kazakhstan
Date of Birth: 31 March 2003
Height: 178cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Korea
Minseo Kim
Kim MinSeo
U14

Country: Korea
Date of Birth: 24 January 2004
Height: 160cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Hyeseo Shin
Hyeseo Shin
U16

Country: Korea
Date of Birth: 17 April 2002
Height: 158cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Laos
DELILAH PATHUMMAKURONEN
DELILAH PATHUMMAKURONEN
U14

Country: Laos
Date of Birth: 31 May 2006
Height: 155cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Malaysia
IMAN SYUHADA BT ABDULLAH
IMAN SYUHADA BT ABDULLAH
U14

Country: Malaysia
Date of Birth: 15 July 2005
Height: 168cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Hannah Yip
Hannah Yip
U16

Country: Malaysia
Date of Birth: 08 February 2003
Height: 154cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Nepal
Saloni Tamang
Saloni Tamang
U14

Country: Nepal
Date of Birth: 20 February 2004
Height: 167cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Prerana Koirala
Prerana Koirala
U16

Country: Nepal
Date of Birth: 18 September 2003
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
New Zealand
Tina-Marie Lee
Tina-Marie Lee
U14

Country: New Zealand
Date of Birth: 14 February 2004
Height: 166cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Vivian Yang
Vivian Yang
U16

Country: New Zealand
Date of Birth: 11 January 2005
Height: 170cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Pacific Oceania
SAOIRSE BREEN
SAOIRSE BREEN
U14

Country: Pacific Oceania
Date of Birth: 22 June 2004
Height: 168cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
ROSALIE MOLBALEH
ROSALIE MOLBALEH
U16

Country: Pacific Oceania
Date of Birth: 14 August 2002
Height: 176cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Philippines
Macie Carlos
Macie Carlos
U14

Country: Philippines
Date of Birth: 26 April 2004
Height: 162cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Bliss Bayking
Bliss Bayking
U16

Country: Philippines
Date of Birth: 28 May 2002
Height: 172cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Singapore
Charlotte Yeo
Charlotte Yeo
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 15 May 2006
Height: 153cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Claire Chan
Claire Chan Kye Sun
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 5 October 2004
Height: 167cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Lim Lerr Min
Lim Lerr Min
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 26 August 2004
Height: 161cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Michelle Yeo
Michelle Yeo
U14

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 19 January 2005
Height: 161cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Clare Cheng
Clare Cheng
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 26 May 2003
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Deanne Choo Wei Lin
Deanne Choo Wei Lin
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 9 July 2003
Height: 158cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Nicole Ng
Nicole Ng
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 25 June 2002
Height: 158cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Trisha Mulani
Trisha Mulani
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 10 January 2003
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Wang Li Ting
Wang Li Ting
U16

Country: Singapore
Date of Birth: 14 February 2002
Height: 163cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Sri Lanka
Anjalika Kurera
T. MARIYAN ANJALIKA ROSHNI KURERA
U14

Country: Sri Lanka
Date of Birth: 28 April 2004
Height: 165cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Oshini Herath
Oshini Herath
U16

Country: Sri Lanka
Date of Birth: 7 March 2003
Height: 172cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Thailand
Kittika Aeb Iem
Aeb-Iem Kittika
U14

Country: Thailand
Date of Birth: 9 July 2004
Height: 166cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Thamonpan Jonglertrakul
Thamonpan Jonglertrakul
U16

Country: Thailand
Date of Birth: 27 January 2003
Height: 159cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Uzbekistan
Farida Marimova
Farida Marimova
U14

Country: Uzbekistan
Date of Birth:6 November 2004
Height: 166cm
Plays: Right-handed
 
Setora Normurodova
Setora Normurodova
U16

Country: Uzbekistan
Date of Birth: 3 July 2002
Height: 162cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Vietnam
Ly Minh Anh
Ly Minh Anh
U14

Country: Vietnam
Date of Birth: 2 February 2004
Height: 163cm
Plays: Left-handed
 
Phan Yen Tich Nguyen
Nguyen Phan Yen-Tich
U16

Country: Vietnam
Date of Birth: 26 April 2003
Height: 175cm
Plays: Right-handed
 

WTA Future Stars Junior Race To Singapore: Uzbekistan Qualifiers

WTA Future Stars Junior Race To Singapore: Uzbekistan Qualifiers

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.

With the conclusion of the Junior Race to Singapore in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Farida Marimova and Setora Normurodova have qualified for the WTA Future Stars event in the U14 and U16 categories respectively.

Uzbekistan Qualifiers 1

 

As a three-time U14 National Junior Champion, Farida Marimova was the favourite to win the WTA Future Stars qualifying event. Aspiring to become a player on the WTA tour, she sees this event as a stepping stone and huge learning opportunity.

“I’m going to gain invaluable match experience during the event, this will only help me improve and become a stronger tennis player,” she told the WTA Finals team confidently.

To complement her ambitious goals, Marimova is focused on keeping the passion for tennis alive. She says that she still feels a surge of happiness and excitement every time she steps onto a court.

“My favourite sound is that characteristic ‘pop!’ that you get when you hit the ball against the racquet at the sweet spot,” Marimova tried to explain in between her giggles. “Every time I hit a shot and hear that sound, I feel so positive!”

When asked which WTA player she hopes will qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore, she named Jelena Ostapenko without hesitation.

“She’s such an aggressive player and hits so many winners. She’s also young, talented and hardworking,” Farida explained. “I hope that I can learn to hit a forehand as penetrative as hers.”

Uzbekistan Qualifiers 2

“The players from Uzbekistan have always done well at the WTA Future Stars event. I’m so honoured that I get this chance to represent my country and give it my all during the event,” Setora Normurodova told the WTA Finals team.

On court, Normurodova is a crafty, left-handed player. She loves dictating the pace of the point, switching it up by using an array of trick shots to her advantage. As a result, many of her peers during the qualifiers were not able to keep up with her.

When Normurodova’s parents first introduced her to tennis at five years-old, their main intention was for their daughter to have regular exercise so that she could be fit and healthy. Little did they expect that their daughter would excel at this sport, rising the ranks to become the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) U14 No.1 player in 2016 and even win her very first International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior title in July this year.

Normurodova is thankful for the opportunity to play the sport and acknowledges that lessons learnt from tennis have a reach far beyond the court.

“Tennis has greatly improved my leadership ability. The sport taught me how to make critical decisions in a split second and to stick by my choices. It has given me more confidence to lead my friends and peers,” she told the WTA Finals team.

Both girls have said that in the lead up to the WTA Future Stars event in October, they will be focused on preparing themselves both mentally and physically for the challenging matches ahead.

The WTA Finals Team would like to congratulate Marimova and Normurodova 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. Click here to get your tickets to the WTA Finals.

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