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Words of wisdom on the court and in the kitchen from a WTA Legend

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It is not often that a person gets to meet with a tennis legend and pick her brain. Even less often does one get the chance to cook a meal with said legend. But several lucky participants from the ActiveSG Tennis Academy, WTA Future Stars, and SportCares Love Singapore Girls and Mothers got to do just that when they spent the afternoon with WTA Legend Yayuk Basuki.

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WTA Legend Yayuk Basuki having a Q&A session with ActiveSG Tennis Academy Junior Players at the Singapore Sports Institute. Photo: Sport Singapore

In a two-part program jointly organised by SportSG, ActiveSG, Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) and SportCares, ActiveSG Tennis Academy junior players spent an hour with the Asian Games Gold medallist asking her questions about life on tour and what it took to become a professional player during a frank Q&A session.

Yayuk was extremely candid with her answers and had these words of advice for young players: “First of all, keep learning, everyday is a new thing to learn.”

“Second of all, give your best shot, your best effort and I am very sure when you give your best effort, of course you have to commit to it - 100 per cent commitment that will show the result,” said the Wimbledon quarter-finalist, who was ranked as high as 19 in women’s singles.

Yayuk was also very impressed with her what she saw during her visit to Singapore.

“Singapore right now has much better facilities than what we’ve got back home (in Indonesia). I’m pretty sure one day Singapore will produce a lot of good athletes.”

In the second portion of the day’s program, beneficiaries from SportCares Love Singapore Girls and Mothers, participants of the ActiveSG Mini-Tennis programme, and WTA Future Stars got together in SSI’s nutrition lab for a cooking workshop. 

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WTA Legend Yayuk Basuki participates in a nutrition workshop led by Singapore Sports Institute and SportCares Foundation with participants from SportCares Love Singapore Girls and Mothers, WTA Future Stars and ActiveSG Mini Tennis Kids. Photo: Sport Singapore

“We’re doing a cooking workshop with WTA Legend Yayuk Bazuki. This is a community engagement activity where we’ve partnered with the WTA as well as ActiveSG to get Yayuk to come out and do an activity with the kids,” said Miruna Ranjan, SportCares Manager.

“We chose nutrition because we believe that it’s important for kids to stay healthy and cook for themselves.”

One very lucky beneficiary was paired with Yayuk as they set about making delicious goodies.

If you would like to find out more about the ActiveSG Tennis Academy, please click on the link here.

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