Shaira Hope Rivera; born at (29 Jun 1999) a Filipina professional tennis player. Rivera had competed on the last 16-under division of WTA Future Star at Singapore, representing the Philippines previously last 2015. She had been a professional Filipina tennis player since the year 2016 and achieved the ITF highest ranking of (968) as of 29 January 2017. She’s also a three times Palarong Pambansa gold medalist from 2012, 2015, 2016 and silver medalist of the 60th edition of the Palarong Pambansa in Antique.
Name: SHAIRA HOPE RIVERA
Local Career: #6 in women’s
Country Residence: Philippines
Shaira started playing tennis at the age of (9) nine in the local club of Monkayo, Compostela Valley. She lived with her grandmother and grandfather. She quoted that, “My father Rex Anthony Rivera is the first person who influenced me to play tennis because he is also a tennis player,” she said during the Philtennis’ interview.
In 2010, at the age of (11) eleven, Rivera started her little journey as she competed in local age-group series of tennis tournaments in Mindanao. During her first attempt, in her local, regional school competition was failed. But still, she continued her junior age-group competition of which she brought home her first regional school medal achievement at her second attempt.
Her success continues, frankly speaking, she won a gold medal at her first time attempt in the national 2012 Palarong Pambansa, delegated from DAVRAA or Davao Regional Athletic Association, at the age (12) twelve held at Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines.
After she achieved the first big age-group series of tournaments in 16 and 18-under championship that was produced by Cebuana Lhuillier in the City of Digos. With the financial assistance from Marivic Salvador. Shaira Hope Rivera continues her success that years won’t be consider as number only but also a success of her journey.
It wasn’t easy, though she won trophies and medals, achieved lots of things but still, she experienced downfall as well as everyone does. Frustration and defeat are the significant enemies a tennis player can encounter collided with education and sports, and there, we might lose our way, but Sharia has a strong faith as she believes in herself. She confessed that “My biggest challenge is to balance my sport and academic that I need to take time management to stay focus,” during her Philtennis’ interview.
Shaira got a strong motivation for her self, and said;
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
- Everything happens for a reason.
- Believe in yourself.
And she added that “If I lose in the match, I keep on practicing. Because I wanted to beat my opponent who beat me in that tournament.”
In 2015, Shaira Hope Rivera returned with another slot gold medal from the 58th National Palarong Pambansa held at Tagum, Davao del Norte, 3–9 May 2015 at the age of (15) fifteen.
Besides of her 2015’s achievements, Rivera got her first triumph on one of a biggest national age-group series of tournaments at Andrada cup 16-under girls champion.
Her greatest memorable experience in playing tennis was when she qualified to Singapore for the WTA Futures Stars, representing the Philippines in an international event. “I had a chance to see them and took the picture for memorabilia,” she claimed.
In 2016, her hard work, sacrifices, perseverance had paid off. For after Shaira Hope, got the attention of DE LA SALLE ZOBEL that’s why they offered her to be their varsity player. It was an opportunity which opened the door through her dream, knowing that it will be her stepping stone to achieve his tennis goal, even more continuing her career legacy as a Filipina professional tennis player of the said year.
Shaira Hope Rivera continued as a Philippine future star tennis player. To prove it, she won the gold medal again for the third time of the Palarong Pambansa 2016 secondary girls division held in Albay Province, on April 10-16. Until then, in 2017, she was entitled as a silver medalist in the consecutive year.
Rivera’s Top 5 Best secret words and pieces of advice to our next future star Filipino tennis player to become a champion.
1. Practice hard
3. Believe in yourself
4. Manage your time properly
5. Put God at the center of your life.
2017 Phinma-PSC International Juniors 2
|21-26 November 2017||Manila Polo Club McKinley Road Makati City PHILIPPINES||KUROKAWA, S (JPN) /OHASHI, Y (JPN)||Shell Court||Doubles||Partnering STEVENS, E (USA)||6-3 7-5||Champion|
|21-26 November 2017||Manila Polo Club McKinley Road Makati City PHILIPPINES||HAMMOND, Nicole (USA)||Shell Court||Singles||3-6 1-6||Lost|