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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: Japan Qualifiers

WTA Future Stars Junior Race To Singapore: Japan Qualifiers

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.

As the Junior Race to Singapore drew to a close,Mio Kozaki and Ayu Ishibashi emerged the champions of the U14 and U16 qualifying events. Seasoned players with considerable experience at international events, Kozaki and Ishibashi will be gunning for both titles at the WTA Future Stars event.

Japan Qualifiers 1

“I can’t believe that I managed to fend off all my opponents and qualify for the WTA Future Stars event! It’s going to be a great week in Singapore, playing matches,learning from my peers and the best in the industry,” Mio Kozaki exclaimed after winning her final match in the qualifiers.

Kozaki is the top U14 junior in Japan and is already travelling around the world competing in international tournaments., Her best result so far was achieving second place in an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade 5 Nepal Junior tournament this year. This left-handed junior is striving for bigger and better results. Her short-term goal is to be the top girl Japanese junior player and her long-term goal is to compete on the WTA circuit and win all 4 Grand Slam tournaments.

What makes Kozaki such a formidable opponent is that she loves the demanding athleticism of the sport.

“I love running for the ball, it gives me a sense of determination and feeling of achievement when I eventually do win the point,” she told the WTA Finals team. “The more exhausted I feel after a match, the happier I am because it means that I worked hard.”

When asked what she will be focusing on in the lead up to the WTA Future Stars event, Kozaki had it all planned out.

“I’m focusing on improving my strength, so that I can hit more powerful shots”

She acknowledges that she is currently not a very hard hitter but will use the WTA Future Stars event in to learn from her peers how hit more aggressive and penetrating shots.

Japan Qualifiers 2

“I’m so proud to be representing Japan at the WTA Future Stars event. I hope that my performance will reflect well on Japan, and enhance awareness of tennis in my country,” Ayu Ishibashi told the WTA Finals team.

Filled with patriotism, it is only fitting that her favourite player be newly crowned US Open Singles Champion and fellow compatriot, Naomi Osaka.

“Naomi is so calm and mild-mannered, both on and off the court, she is a fitting representative of our Japanese culture. At the same time, she’s incredibly courageous and tenacious during her matches and plays the most amazing tennis,” explained Ishibashi. “I hope that she manages to qualify for the WTA Finals so that I can watch her play live!”

Ishibashi hopes to follow in Osaka’s footsteps and has set her eyes on a long-term goal- to play at a Grand Slam tournament. She might be only 16 years-old, but she is self-aware, and is always striving to overcome her weaknesses.

“My weakness is my footwork, I really need to improve on that. I hope that I can learn to move around the court faster. I think that’ll help me become a more all rounded tennis player,” Ishibashi acknowledged.

Ishibashi cannot wait for the Meet the Mentors session that will feature the WTA Legends and believes that she will gain valuable advice from them.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the WTA Legends who will be in Singapore this year., I consider myself so lucky to be able to get advice from these esteemed women and past champions!”

The WTA Finals team wishes both Kozaki and Ishibashi 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.

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