15 Oct 2017

2017 ITF Junior Masters: Who's who

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Xin Yu Wang (CHN)

In the build up to this year’s ITF Junior Masters, we will be introducing one of the players competing in Chengdu. For our next feature, we take a closer look at Wang Xin Yu of China.

Sixteen-year-old Wang Xin Yu can feel confident that she will have an overwhelming amount of support, with the Junior Masters taking place in China for the third year. In the first two years, only one player has contested the tournament and Xu Shilin cited the support from the local crowd as one of the reasons she claimed the inaugural title.

Wang is the world No. 10 and she caused a stir when, in January 2015 in her very first tournament, she reached the semifinals in singles and quarterfinals in doubles.

Her first final came later that year, at a Grade 5 event in Singapore. On that occasion she reached the final in both singles and doubles, winning both titles, and only dropping one set across both competitions. Wang reached another final in her very next tournament, but this time fell in three sets in the final.

At the start of 2016, Wang collected her highest-profile title when she won a Grade 3 event in Shenzhen, China, and followed it up with a second singles title, also in Shenzhen.

In September last year, she set a new career-best result with a straight-sets win over Marta Kostyuk in a Grade 2 final in Serbia, and followed that up with two more finals in China, one of which resulted in another Grade 2 title.

That string of impressive performances earned her a spot at a Grade A Xin Yu Wang (CHN)event for the first time at the Osaka Mayor’s Cup in Japan. She put in a string of impressive performances to reach the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles.

In January 2017, Wang entered a junior Grand Slam for the first time, reaching the second round of the Australian Open. She then went one step better at junior Roland Garros and Wimbledon, reaching the third round in singles and the second round in doubles at both majors.

More titles have come throughout the year, and Wang saved her best performance for the final Slam of the year. At the Junior US Open, alongside Liang En Shuo, Wang reached the final four.

On the ITF Pro Circuit, Wang made her debut in July 2016. As a 14-year-old, she received a wildcard into qualifying at a $10,000 event in Serbia, qualified successfully and went on to make the second round. She also reached the quarterfinals of the doubles as a wildcard.

Since then, her best results have all come in doubles. She has reached two semifinals, and appeared in her first doubles final at a $15,000 tournament in Gyor, Hungary.

The 2017 ITF Junior Masters will take place at the Sichuan International Tennis Center in Chengdu, China on 25-29 October.