SINGAPORE - The four finalists for the WTA Rising Stars tournament hosted a tennis clinic at the CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) campus this morning (Oct 21) for the school's C and B Division teams.
The schoolgirls participated in a hitting practice session with tennis professionals Caroline Garcia (France), Ons Jabeur (Tunisia), Naomi Osaka (Japan) and Zhu Lin (China), collected autographs and selfies before the one-hour clinic in the school's indoor sports hall ended with a 10-minute question and answer segment between the players and the students.
Noted Melissa Pine, tournament director of the WTA Finals and vice president of WTA Asia Pacific: "For the students, hopefully hearing about the WTA Rising Stars' stories will motivate them to continue to pursue their passion in tennis."
Added world No. 161 Lin: "It's a privilege for us to be able to meet with the young players in Singapore and give them a sneak peek into what life is like in the world of professional women's tennis."
The quartet are in Singapore after being selected as finalists of the worldwide online fan vote conducted last month by the Women's Tennis Association.
They will compete in the round-robin format invitational competition which starts on Oct 22. The first three days (Oct 22-24) will be held at the OCBC Arena while the championship match (Sunday, Oct 25) will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets are free to the public.
Last year's Puerto Rico's Monica Puig claimed the inaugural WTA Rising Stars Invitational, beating China's Zhang Saisai in the final.