Meriden tennis champ wins WTA Future Stars event

24 October 2016

Meriden student Violet Apisah claimed the title of WTA Future Stars 16/U champion on centre court at Singapore Stadium yesterday.

The prestigious junior tournament brings together the top sixteen young female tennis players from the Asia Pacific region.  In a close grand final match, Violet defeated her opponent from India, 7-5, 6-4, and became the first Australian to win the WTA Future Stars title.

The Future Stars tournament is played alongside the WTA Finals in which the world’s top-ranked female players compete.    

“It was a phenomenal experience to represent Australia in the tournament," Violet said. "What an incredible opportunity it was to be around the top WTA players and to play on that court where all the pros have played!  To be part of that is something that I have dreamed about since I was a young girl.”

Fed Cup captain and former world No. 8, Alicia Molik, who witnessed the Future Stars matches, said that Violet had the world ahead of her. "She's a strong girl and she's a big hitter from the back of the court. She has a great technique to her serve, a really fluid motion, and she is pretty sound off the ground as well,” Ms Molik said.

Violet’s goal is to one day become No. 1 in the world.  In the meantime she has her sights set on the Junior Grand Slam events.  “I’d love to win a Junior Grand Slam with my sister Patricia.  We’ve been playing and training together since we were young,” she said.