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Future Stars soak up thrills in Singapore

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Chhieu Apsara and Lao Pechreaksmey with Australian U14 tennis player Charlotte Kempenaers Pocz at the WTA Future Stars. Photo supplied

Future Stars soak up thrills in Singapore

Cambodia’s WTA Future Stars contestants in Singapore had a disappointing run in the highly competitive round robin play but off court they soaked up unforgettable memories in the midst of the games legendary names past and present.

Singapore’s five-year association with the multimillion dollar, eight player WTA Finals comes to an end this week, but for the Kingdom’s 12-year-old Lao Pechreaksmey and her older companion 14-year-old Chhieu Apsara, it was a life changing experience to be part of this historic occasion.

Playing in the U14s “Naomi” group, Pechreaksmey lost all her five matches.

In the U16s, Apsara also met the same fate in the Petra group.

As the pool winners moved up, the Cambodian girls headed along with coach Janelle Windus to watch the official WTA Finals draw on Saturday evening, where the top eight female players were present.

Earlier in the day, a coaching session was held by Judy Murray, mother of Andy and Jamie, both former world No1s in singles and doubles respectively.

Also on hand at the clinic was multiple grand slam winner Kim Clijsters of Belgium.

There was also a mentoring session by tennis great Monica Seles and Tamarine Tanasugarn from Thailand.

On Sunday evening the wide-eyed future stars were thrilled to watch the opening match between Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina.

“It was definitely another greatly successful WTA Future Stars for our team and I’m sure for everyone else that participated in the event.” said Tennis Cambodia secretary-general Tep Rithivit.

“The visibility of the highest level of tennis, played by top players and world-class run event, makes the Future Stars the best opportunity for the younger generations to see what could Be, and it’s fair to say that this is a priceless opportunity.” he said.

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