Tennis: Four youngsters to play at WTA Rising Stars Invitational in Singapore

China's Zheng Saisai returns the ball to Germany's Sabine Lisicki during their women's quarter final singles tennis match at the Hong Kong Open on Sept 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
China's Zheng Saisai returns the ball to Germany's Sabine Lisicki during their women's quarter final singles tennis match at the Hong Kong Open on Sept 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan returns a shot against Catherine "CiCi' Bellis of the United Statesduring their women's singles second round match on Day Four of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug 28, 2014 in the F
Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan returns a shot against Catherine "CiCi' Bellis of the United Statesduring their women's singles second round match on Day Four of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug 28, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. -- PHOTO: AFP
Shelby Rogers of the United States against Maryna Zanevska of Ukraine on Day Two of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug 26, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. -- PHOTO: AF
Shelby Rogers of the United States against Maryna Zanevska of Ukraine on Day Two of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug 26, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. -- PHOTO: AFP
Monica Puig of Puerto Rico plays against Andrea Petkovic of Germany during their 2014 US Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug 27, 2014 in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP
Monica Puig of Puerto Rico plays against Andrea Petkovic of Germany during their 2014 US Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug 27, 2014 in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP

Four young tennis players have been confirmed for the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Rising Stars Invitational at the Singapore Sports Hub next week.

The WTA announced today that Monica Puig (21-years-old), Shelby Rogers (22), Zarina Diyas (20) and Zheng Saisai (20) have been selected for the event that will be hosted during the 2014 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore Oct 17 to 21.

The quartet were picked after an online worldwide fan poll.

Diyas and Zheng, who hail from Kazakhstan and China respectively, will represent the Asia-Pacific group while American Rogers and Puerto Rican Puig, an American and Puerto Rican respectively, will play for the Rest of World team.

The poll garnered over 692,000 votes from over 346,000 fans around the world to vote for 21 eligible players as their favourite WTA Rising Star.

"We're excited to showcase the next generation of talent at the WTA Rising Stars Invitational at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore," said Stacey Allaster, chairman and chief executive officer of the WTA.

"We wanted to hear from our fans and the response was terrific. It shows that our players continue to have a strong connection with fans around the world."