2014 has been the year of WTA Rising Stars. We're giving fans the chance to send four WTA Rising Stars to Singapore for a WTA Finals Rising Star Invitational. Vote here!
WTA Staff

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA - The WTA is asking tennis fans around the world to help select the player field for the inaugural WTA Rising Stars Invitational, which will be hosted during the 2014 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, from October 17-21. The competition will introduce fans to the next generation of women's tennis stars at the WTA's biggest event of the year.

For the first time in WTA history, the WTA Finals will feature four WTA Rising Stars competing in an exhibition format in Singapore, with two representatives from Asia-Pacific and two from the rest of the world. The invitational will feature four matches, as each rising star will face-off head-to-head, followed by a final match between the two with the best results. The event will take place in the state-of-the art OCBC Arena at the newly opened Singapore Sports Hub, with the final match taking place on Centre Court of the Singapore Indoor Stadium during the Day Session on Oct 21. Rising Stars finalists will compete on the same stage as the World's Top 8 women's tennis stars, as well as participate in kids clinics and community outreach programs throughout the WTA Finals.

Young players making their mark on the WTA this season include 22-year-old Simona Halep skyrocketing to World No.2, 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard advancing to the Wimbledon final and Belinda Bencic becoming the youngest US Open quarterfinalist in 17 years. Eight Rising Stars have won their first career WTA title in 2014: Eugenie Bouchard in Nurnberg, Caroline Garcia in Bogota, Madison Keys in Eastbourne, Garbiñe Muguruza in Hobart, Kurumi Nara in Rio de Janeiro, Monica Puig in Strasbourg, Donna Vekic in Kuala Lumpur and CoCo Vandeweghe in 's-Hertogenbosch.

Starting Thursday September 4, fans can vote for which WTA Rising Stars they want to compete at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

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WTA Rising Stars Poll

Voting begins Thursday, September 4 at 6pm ET and ends Friday, October 3 at 11:59pm ET.

The four WTA Rising Stars who receive the most votes will be announced on Thursday, October 9.


Rest of World:
Belinda Bencic, 17, Switzerland: Made world headlines by becoming the youngest player in 17 years to reach the US Open quarterfinals, scoring her first two Top 10 wins along the way against Angelique Kerber and Jelena Jankovic.

Lauren Davis, 21, USA: Has had breakthrough season on the tour, not just getting her first Top 10 win at Indian Wells over Victoria Azarenka but recording career-best third round finishes at two of the Grand Slams.

Jovana Jaksic, 21, Serbia: Burst into prominence at Monterrey, reaching her first WTA final before falling to good friend and countrywoman Ana Ivanovic - then dancing her way into the crowd's hearts at the trophy ceremony.

Madison Keys, 19, USA: The No.1 teenager in the world, by conquering Eastbourne Keys actually became the first teenager to win a Premier-level title since Caroline Wozniacki at New Haven in 2009. Keys is also ranked in the Top 30 now.

Christina McHale, 21, USA: Having gone as high as No.24 in 2012, took another step forward in her young career in 2014 by making her first WTA final in Acapulco, falling in three sets to Aussie Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova.

Grace Min, 20, USA: One of the United States' brightest rising stars, Min stormed to her first WTA semifinal on the clay courts of Bad Gastein earlier in the summer and is now on the cusp of her Top 100 breakthrough.

Monica Puig, 21, Puerto Rico: Having broken the Top 50 last year, made history the week before the French Open this year by winning in Strasbourg and becoming the first player representing Puerto Rico ever to win a WTA title.

Shelby Rogers, 22, USA: Burst into prominence in Bad Gastein in July, going all the way to her first WTA final as a qualifier - then made headlines around the world with her first Top 10 win over Eugenie Bouchard in Montréal.

Elina Svitolina, 20, Ukraine: Was No.1 teenager for a while until Madison Keys took over, but has since captured her second WTA title at Baku - the same tournament where she won her first as an 18-year-old a year earlier.

CoCo Vandeweghe, 22, USA: The American not only broke through to her first WTA title at 's-Hertogenbosch, but made a dream run to the quarterfinals of Montréal, taking out both Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic along the way.

Asia-Pacific:
Zarina Diyas, 21, Kazakhstan: The Kazakhstani No.1 has burst into the Top 50 this year on the heels of some breakthrough runs at the majors, including the third round of the Australian Open and the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Misa Eguchi, 22, Japan: Currently at a career-high No.152 in the world after a strong season that has seen her win two ITF Women's Circuit titles and go all the way to the quarterfinals of Baku after coming through qualies.

Sachie Ishizu, 22, Japan: Started year off with the best run of her career, reaching first WTA quarterfinal at Auckland, taking out former Top 20 players Aravane Rezai and Julia Goerges en route but falling to Kirsten Flipkens.

Luksika Kumkhum, 21, Thailand: Having broken the Top 100 for the first time last year, sent shockwaves around the tennis world this year with a thrilling first round win over Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open.

Hiroko Kuwata, 23, Japan: Burst into prominence at an ITF Women's Circuit event in the US last year, holding seven match points against former Top 20 player Alisa Kleybanova, who was beginning her comeback to the main tour.

Nicha Lertpitaksinchai, 23, Thailand: The young Thai, currently the Thai No.3 actually, has worked her way towards the Top 300 with some strong results on the ITF Circuit, collecting one singles title and 10 doubles titles to this day.

Kurumi Nara, 22, Japan: One of the fastest-rising WTA Rising Stars, won first WTA title earlier this year in Rio de Janeiro and got to another final in Washington DC, too. Is currently on the verge of a Top 30 ranking.

Naomi Osaka, 17, Japan: Made a splash at Stanford this summer, powering her way past Samantha Stosur in the first WTA main draw match of her career - her first Top 20 win - before falling to in-form Andrea Petkovic.

Yulia Putintseva, 19, Kazakhstan: Kazakhstani teenager broke into Top 100 last year and reached first WTA quarterfinal this year at Bastad. Also this summer scored the biggest win of her career in Montréal against Flavia Pennetta.

Olivia Rogowska, 23, Australia: Perhaps best known for almost upsetting then-World No.1 Dinara Safina at the US Open in 2009, has been continuing her climb up the rankings and is currently just outside the Top 100 at No.107.

Zheng Saisai, 20, China: After some incredible doubles results in 2013, including the semifinals of the Australian Open, is currently on the brink of her Top 100 debut in singles after strong results on the WTA 125K Series.


The 21 nominated players were selected using the following criteria:

Rest of World:
     ? Aged 23 or under at the start of WTA Finals (October 20, 1991 or later) AND
     ? Ranked within the Top 50 on the first Monday of the US Open (August 25), OR
     ? Reached a Grand Slam, Premier or International semifinal

Asia Pacific:
     ? Aged 23 or under at the start of WTA Finals (October 20, 1991 or later) AND
     ? Ranked within the Top 150 on the first Monday of the US Open, OR
     ? Won a match in main draw of a Premier or International and/or a finalist in WTA 125K Series

If one of the selected WTA Rising Stars is unable to attend, the Rising Star who received the next most votes will be selected. Some WTA Rising Stars were not included in the poll due to prior commitments.