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Cebuana Lhuillier girls’ 14-under and 16-under tennis challenge offers slots for WTA Future Stars

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Living up to its reputation as the country’s leading tennis supporter, Cebuana Lhuillier, which has been running an age-group tennis circuit for ten years, is staging a qualifying tournament for girls’ 14-under and 16-under.

Sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association (PHILTA), the qualifying tournament will be held in Metro Manila on September 16-18. Champions in each age group will represent the country in the WTA Future Stars in Singapore, which will be held on October 17-23.

“This is the first time that a tournament is being staged solely for the purpose of selecting the Philippines’ representatives to the WTA Future Stars tournament. We pushed for this because we want to ensure that we will send the best players to represent our flag and country. We want this tournament to be as prestigious as possible and get the best players to play,” said Jean Henri Lhuiller, PHILTA Chairman of the Board and Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO.

The WTA Future Stars qualifying tournament will employ the same format as the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the crown jewel event of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), where only the top eight singles players and doubles teams qualify to compete. The top eight players in each age group ranked by PHILTA as of August 15, 2016 will play in the qualification. They will be divided into two groups and each group’s top two players will advance to the crossover semi-finals. The two winners will play for the championship and the right to represent the country in the prestigious tournament in Singapore.

“We are thrilled that the Philippines has joined the WTA Future Stars for the third straight year. The WTA is also proud to have the support of the Philippine Tennis Association and their partners, in providing a platform for the next generation of players in the Philippines. We are excited for the upcoming WTA Future Stars qualifying event in Manila and I look forward to welcoming the two representatives to Singapore. It will certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these girls to compete against some of the best junior players in the Asia-Pacific region and also meet with their favorite WTA players at this year’s WTA Finals,” said Melissa Pine, WTA Finals Tournament Director and WTA Asia-Pacific Vice-President.

The WTA Future Stars tournament will gather the best Under 14 and Under 16 players in the Asia-Pacific region. China’s Chu Jiaya won last year’s Under 14 singles title while India’s PranjalaYadlapalli captured the Under 16 diadem. Shaira Hope Rivera and Miles Vitaliano represented the Philippines last year in the Under 16 and Under 14, respectively.

Tipped as favorites for the crown in the qualifiers are Alex Eala in the Under 14 age group, and Mikaela Vicencio in the Under 16 age group.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/cebuanalhuillieragegrouptennis/?fref=ts and http://www.pilipinastennis.com/

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