Singapore's Future Stars Ashley Yim and Nicole Tan ready to shine on WTA stage
17 October, 2014
With the final stretch of the inaugural WTA Future Stars tournament set to start on October 17th, Singapore’s representatives Nicole Tan (below left) and Ashley Yim (right) shared their thoughts on playing against some of Asia’s leading young players.
After a region-wide qualifying tournament featuring some of the most talented young female tennis players, the WTA Future Stars competition will culminate in a series of matches in Singapore.
The 24 representatives, from countries like Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Japan, will battle it out at Kallang Tennis Centre for the chance to play in the finals, scheduled to be held at Centre Court in the Singapore Indoor Stadium, home of the 2014 WTA Finals.
For Nicole, who will be competing in the under-16 category, it was privilege enough to be playing in a competition sanctioned by the principal organizing body of women’s tennis.
“It’s an honour to play for the WTA (Future Stars) because it’s a once in a lifetime experience,” she pointed out.
“A lot of kids around the world really want to participate in this, but they don’t get an opportunity, so I’m really honoured.”
The WTA Future Stars tournament is a joint effort between Sport Singapore and WTA, with the aim of showcasing players many expect to be upcoming tennis stars from Asia and empowering girls through tennis.
An opportunity to test her skills against some of the best on the continent was exactly what excited under-14 representative Ashley.
“It’s a really good experience for us because we get to play with really good players from other countries and build our experiences,” Ashley shared.
Ashley Yim and Nicole Tan along with other Future Stars at the SportCares Tennis clinic conducted on 16 October 2014.
Both Nicole and Ashley were invited to attend the SportCares “Love Singapore” Tennis Clinic, which featured WTA Elite Eight players Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard.
With the world’s top eight female tennis players ready to battle for the WTA Finals crown over the next week, our WTA Future Stars expressed their excitement at catching some court side action.
“Oh, I think it’s really cool because I’ve never gotten the chance to see any WTA matches in real life before. It’s pretty cool for everyone in Singapore to come and watch the top eight players play,” Nicole said.
“I think it’s really exciting because the players that we see on television are just playing right in front of you!” enthused Ashley.
The WTA Future Stars representatives will battle it out from the 17th to 19th October for a place in the finals, which will take place on 20th October at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The WTA Future Stars Tournament from 17th to 19th October will take place at the Kallang Tennis Centre and entry is open to the public for free. The finals will take place on 20th October at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Get your tickets from SportHub Tix and cheer on the Future Stars!