HYDERABAD, India - Sania Mirza and Martina Navratilova helped inspire the next generation of Indian tennis stars, holding an inspirational masterclass and WTA Future Stars clinic as part of the Road To Singapore lead-up to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Mirza, the No.1 doubles player in the world, and Navratilova, a former No.1 in both singles and doubles, demonstrated and passed down their tennis skills at the masterclass and clinic, as did 2014 WTA Future Stars champion Karman Kaur Thandi and WTA Finals Tournament Director Melissa Pine.
"It's wonderful to be able to impart a bit of the knowledge I have gained in my many years of playing to young players like Karman," Navratilova said. "She represents the future of the women's game and it is my hope that events like the WTA Future Stars masterclass and ultimately the WTA Finals inspires many more like Karman to pick up a racquet. My experience as a WTA Finals Ambassador last year was extremely positive and I am excited to return again in 100 days to this magnificent event."
Mirza was also presented with a special necklace to commemorate her historic rise to World No.1.
"I feel extremely honored to be No.1, it's something that I've worked for all my life," Mirza said. "I hope this makes girls in India believe that anything is possible; we can achieve anything we want if we put our mind and body to it. I am also happy that I was able to host the WTA Future Stars Hyderabad masterclass at my academy. Karman made India proud in 2014 by winning the 16 and unders final. I hope to see another champion from India win the WTA Futures Stars in Singapore this year."
"Martina Navratilova, Sania Mirza and Karman Kaur Thandi represent the past, present and future of women's tennis," Pine, the Tournament Director of the WTA Finals, commented. "Their participation and leadership in this event to inspire the next generation epitomizes the spirit of the WTA Finals."