Tara Shanice Moore (born 6 August 1992) is a Hong Kong-born British tennis player. She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 145, which she achieved on 8 May 2017. She has won nine singles titles and 17 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. Her highest WTA doubles ranking is No. 77, reached on 11 July 2022.

Tara Moore
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Country (sports) United Kingdom
ResidenceDoncaster, England
Born (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 30)
British Hong Kong
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJessica Stencel
Prize moneyUS$ 587,440
Singles
Career record374–315 (54.3%)
Career titles9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 145 (8 May 2017)
Current rankingNo. 487 (15 August 2022)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenQ1 (2014, 2017)
French OpenQ1 (2013)
Wimbledon2R (2016)
US OpenQ2 (2016)
Doubles
Career record259–213 (54.9%)
Career titles17 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 77 (11 July 2022)
Current rankingNo. 97 (15 August 2022)
Grand Slam doubles results
French Open2R (2022)
Wimbledon1R (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2021)
US Open1R (2021)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Wimbledon3R (2021)
Team competitions
Fed CupEurope/Africa Zone Group I – Play-offs (2014)
record 1-1
Last updated on: 19 August 2022.

As a junior, she was coached by the American tennis coach, Nick Bollettieri. In September 2006, he referred to Moore as one of the best young players in his school, the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, along with Michelle Larcher de Brito.[1] Her current coach is Charles Homewood. Her favourite surface is stated as being grass although most of her titles to date have come on hardcourt.[2]

CareerEdit

2006–2007Edit

Moore's first professional tennis match came in August 2006 at the $10k tournament in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She won two matches to qualify before losing in the first round of the tournament. Moore then moved on to qualify and reach the quarterfinals in only the second ITF tournament of her career in Caracas, Venezuela, another $10k event.[3]

In 2007, Moore reached the quarterfinals of another $10k event in Irapuato before losing to Ana Clara Duarte of Brazil, in straight sets. In July, she entered her first $25k tournament in Felixstowe, England, where she lost in the qualifying stages. Her next two tournaments were both $10k events in Great Britain (Ilkley and Wrexham) and she managed to reach the quarterfinal stages of both of these. She ended the year with three consecutive first round losses in $25k events. Her year-end ranking for 2007 was world No. 823.[3]

2008Edit

April and May resulted in three failures to qualify for ITF tournaments, two of which were $25k events, the other a $50k event. She became a quarterfinalist yet again in her next tournament, the $10k in Izmir, Turkey. She then began a successful grass-court season with a wildcard into the qualifying tournament of Wimbledon where she lost in the first round in a valiant three-set battle against former top-40 player Olga Puchkova of Russia. She followed this up immediately with her first ever semifinal in the $25k tournament held in Felixstowe and continued the momentum in the following tournament ($10k Frinton) where she won, beating fellow teenager Mona Barthel of Germany in the final.

Her next noteworthy result of 2008 came on the ITF Circuit in early November at the $10k event in Sunderland, England. She won through two tough three-set matches in the first and second rounds before winning her quarterfinal match in two sets and coming up against Laura Robson, in one of two all-British semifinals. She lost in straight sets to Robson (who was the eventual champion). Immediately after this was the $10k tournament in Jersey. In the second round of this tournament, she played a rematch of her second-round match in the previous tournament in Sunderland. She beat Tetyana Arefyeva in three sets for the second time in two weeks to reach the quarterfinal stage where she was beaten by Katarzyna Piter. She ended season with a singles ranking of world No. 712.[3]

2009Edit

Moore struggled throughout the year and did not go beyond the quarterfinals in any of the events she competed in. She enjoyed a straight-sets win over former top-20 player Eleni Daniilidou as she qualified for the $50 event in Nottingham. She also competed at the ITF junior events at Roehampton and Wimbledon but lost early in both events as she was drawn against junior world No. 3, Tímea Babos. Post Wimbledon, Moore's best result was qualifying for a $75k event in Shrewsbury before losing to Angelique Kerber. Moore was also asked to leave the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) National Tennis Centre (NTC) as a result of her perceived lack of professionalism and poor attitude. She would end the year in India before heading back to Hong Kong.

2010Edit

New season started very much as 2009 ended for Moore with early losses in her first handful of events. She was training and working out of Hong Kong, following her expulsion from the LTA although in March, Moore began working with British tennis coach John Morris who was also the coach of Tímea Babos, ranked a lowly 790 on the WTA rankings, Moore moved back to Britain to train at Gosling Tennis Academy under the watchful eye of John Morris. Her results started to pick up in spring time of 2010 as she reached the final of a $10k event in Edinburgh, losing to stable mate Tímea Babos, following this up with her first career top-100 win at the $50k event in Nottingham, beating Chang Kai-chen in three tough sets. During the grass-court season, Moore represented Great Britain in the Maureen Connolly trophy, a sign that the LTA were beginning to see the improvements in Moore both on and off court. This was quickly followed by a wildcard into the ITF junior event at Roehampton where Moore beat world junior No. 1, Daria Gavrilova, 6–0, 6–1, before beating the 2010 Australian Open junior champion, Karolína Plíšková, 6–3, 6–1. But Moore found Karolina's twin sister Kristýna Plíšková too hot to handle as Plíšková achieved a rare double of winning both titles at Roehampton and Wimbledon. On to Wimbledon, Moore had some impressive wins and reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal where she played fellow Brit Laura Robson and despite controlling much of the match, Moore lost in two sets although she put herself firmly on the tennis map during the grass-court season and credited John Morris for much of the improvements. Post Wimbledon, Moore won her second career title at a $10k event in Chiswick, as well as her first ITF doubles title, alongside Francesca Stephenson, at a $25k in Wrexham, beating Sania Mirza and Emma Laine in the final. She also made the singles quarterfinals in the latter event, with wins over Emilia Baños Gregorians and Manisha Foster. Moore would go on to reach several quarter- and semifinals before ending the year at the $75k event in Dubai. She achieved several career-high rankings through the year and ended 2010 ranked 370. Moore also became a professional in August 2010 when she signed professional terms with London-based management company Global Tennis Connections (GTC), she also signed a long term deal with Adidas International on the back of her upsurge in form and ranking.

2011–2013Edit

Moore was runner-up in the $10k tournament in Sunderland, and won the $10k in Loughborough where she also won the doubles, partnering fellow Brit Francesca Stephenson. She also reached doubles finals in a $10k tournaments in Istanbul, partnering Lisa Whybourn, and in Bath, partnering Emma Laine. She ended 2011 with a singles ranking of No. 332.

Moore won no titles in the 2012 season but finished as runner up in singles in a $50k tournament in Kazan, Russia, and in doubles, partnering fellow Brit player Lucy Brown in a $10k event in Antalya, Turkey. However, she improved her ranking throughout the year, and achieved her highest year-end ranking to date, of No. 249 in singles.

She started 2013 winning the $10k singles titles in Glasgow and Preston, and following that with the $25k title in Surprise, Arizona. In partnership with compatriot Melanie South, also winning the doubles titles in Glasgow and in the $25k event in Rancho Mirage, California, and was runner-up in Preston and in Phuket, Thailand.

Moore debuted in the top 200 in the singles rankings on 22 April and made the cut for the Roland Garros qualifying tournament, her first major outside of Wimbledon, where she has played qualifiers courtesy of wildcards. There she lost to seventh seed Sesil Karatancheva in the first round of qualifying.

On grass in the UK, Moore was awarded a wildcard into the $75k Nottingham Trophy. She reached the second round, beating 143-ranked Slovenian Tadeja Majerič before falling to 110-ranked Hungarian, Melinda Czink. She then received a wildcard into the WTA Tour Birmingham Classic at Edgbaston where she narrowly lost to 12th seeded Kristina Mladenovic in the first round. This followed with a wildcard into Wimbledon in June, where she faced 46-ranked Estonian, Kaia Kanepi, in the first round. Kanepi went on to win in a close three-setter.[4]

Back on the ITF Circuit, Moore reached the finals of both the singles and the doubles tournament of the $25k Woking[5] tournament on outdoor hardcourt. She lost the singles final to Pemra Özgen in three sets, having held matchpoints. However, she and her Russian partner, Marta Sirotkina, won the doubles, beating Mari Tanaka and Kanae Hisami in the final.

However, in December the LTA cut her funding, citing a lack of results.[6]

2014–2015Edit

In 2014, Moore made her debut for the British Fed Cup team in the ninth/tenth placed playoff against Austria, and won her first singles rubber.

She impressively saw off Tamira Paszek, a former top-30 player. She also played in Wimbledon as a wildcard but lost in the first round to former Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva in a match that spanned two days. Moore failed to build on her Wimbledon performance on her return to ITF Circuit play, as she won just three singles matches in the rest of the year. She saw her ranking slip outside the top 250 in the world as a consequence.

Her poor form continued in 2015. Playing solely at ITF level, Moore's best result was reaching the semifinals of a $10k tournament in Antalya and a $15k event in Loughborough. This was the first year since 2009 that she had failed to make a singles tournament final. She had more success in doubles, reaching three finals and winning the event Antalya in partnership with Cornelia Lister.[7]

First WTA Tour doubles finalEdit

Moore's 2016 campaign got off to a bright start, as she won her first tournament of the year, a $10k in Antalya,[8] beating Anne Schaefer in the final. Following this, Moore and semi-regular doubles partner Conny Perrin played the WTA Tour event in Rio de Janeiro. This was her first WTA event in over two years. Entering would prove a wise choice as Moore and Perrin reached their first ever WTA Tour final,[9] after a run that included a quarterfinal victory over second seeds Marina Erakovic and Sílvia Soler Espinosa. They were beaten by fourth seeds, Verónica Cepede Royg and María Irigoyen, in the title match.

In April 2019, in a match against Jessika Ponchet, Moore was trailing 0–6, 0–5 and facing match point, but made a comeback to win 0–6, 7–6, 6–3.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Tara is married to fellow professional tennis player Emina Bektas. She was previously in a long-term relationship with her former doubles partner, Conny Perrin.[11]

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam
WTA 1000
WTA 500
International / WTA 250 (0–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2016 Rio Open, Brazil International Clay   Conny Perrin   Verónica Cepede Royg
  María Irigoyen
1–6, 6–7(1–7)
Loss 0–2 Apr 2022 Copa Colsanitas, Colombia WTA 250 Clay   Emina Bektas   Astra Sharma
  Aldila Sutjiadi
6–4, 4–6, [9–11]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 17 (9 titles, 8 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (7–6)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 July 2008 ITF Frinton, UK 10,000 Grass   Mona Barthel 7–5, 6–1
Loss 1–1 May 2010 ITF Edinburgh, UK 10,000 Clay   Tímea Babos 2–6, 2–6
Win 2–1 Aug 2010 ITF Chiswick, UK 10,000 Hard   Amy Bowtell 6–3, 6–4
Loss 2–2 Nov 2011 ITF Sunderland, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Alison Van Uytvanck 4–6, 1–6
Win 3–2 Nov 2011 GB Pro-Series Loughborough, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Myrtille Georges 7–6(5), 5–7, 6–4
Loss 3–3 Aug 2012 Tatarstan Open, Russia 50,000 Hard   Kateryna Kozlova 3–6, 3–6
Win 4–3 Jan 2013 GB Pro-Series Glasgow, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Myrtille Georges 6–4, 6–1
Win 5–3 Jan 2013 ITF Preston, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Amy Bowtell 7–6(2), 6–1
Win 6–3 Feb 2013 ITF Surprise, United States 25,000 Hard   Louisa Chirico 6–3, 6–1
Loss 6–4 Aug 2013 ITF Woking, UK 25,000 Hard   Pemra Özgen 6–3, 5–7, 6–7(8)
Win 7–4 Jan 2014 ITF Glasgow, UK (2) 10,000 Hard   Myrtille Georges 6–3, 6–1
Win 8–4 Jan 2016 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Clay   Anne Schäfer 2–6, 7–5, 6–0
Loss 8–5 Jun 2016 Eastbourne Trophy, UK 50,000 Grass   Alison Riske 6–4, 6–7(5), 3–6
Loss 8–6 Aug 2016 ITF Fort Worth, U.S. 25,000 Hard   Caitlin Whoriskey 0–6, 4–6
Loss 8–7 Jan 2017 ITF Hong Kong, China 25,000 Hard   Lee Ya-hsuan 6–2, 6–7(4), 3–6
Win 9–7 Apr 2018 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 15,000 Hard   Eleni Kordolaimi 6–0, 6–1
Loss 9–8 Apr 2018 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 15,000 Hard   Julia Terziyska 2–6, 6–4, 4–6

Doubles: 42 (17 titles, 25 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
$80,000 tournaments
$50/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (15–18)
Clay (2–4)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–1)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Nov 2008 ITF Sunderland, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Katharina Brown   Daniëlle Harmsen
  Kim Kilsdonk
7–6(4), 4–6, [4–10]
Loss 0–2 Nov 2008 ITF Jersey, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Elizabeth Thomas   Daniëlle Harmsen
  Kim Kilsdonk
6–7(4), 4–6
Loss 0–3 May 2010 ITF Edinburgh, UK 10,000 Clay   Tímea Babos   Amanda Elliott
  Jocelyn Rae
6–7(5), 4–6
Win 1–3 Jul 2010 ITF Wrexham, UK 25,000 Hard   Francesca Stephenson   Emma Laine
  Sania Mirza
2–6, 6–3, [13–11]
Loss 1–4 Nov 2010 ITF Sunderland, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Francesca Stephenson   Amanda Elliott
  Anna Fitzpatrick
2–6, 3–6
Loss 1–5 Mar 2011 ITF Bath, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Emma Laine   Giulia Gatto-Monticone
  Anastasia Grymalska
4–6, 6–2, [6–10]
Loss 1–6 Aug 2011 ITF İstanbul, Turkey 10,000 Hard (i)   Lisa Whybourn   Christina Shakovets
  Ashvarya Shrivastava
6–3, 6–1
Win 2–6 Nov 2011 GB Pro-Series Loughborough, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Francesca Stephenson   Malou Ejdesgaard
  Amanda Elliott
3–6, 6–2, [10–3]
Loss 2–7 Apr 2012 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Hard   Lucy Brown   Lu Jiajing
  Lu Jiaxiang
1–6, 0–6
Win 3–7 Jan 2013 GB Pro-Series Glasgow, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Melanie South   Anna Smith
  Francesca Stephenson
7–6(5), 6–3
Loss 3–8 Jan 2013 ITF Preston, UK 10,000 Hard (i)   Melanie South   Samantha Murray
  Jade Windley
3–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Win 4–8 Feb 2013 ITF Rancho Mirage, U.S. 25,000 Hard (i)   Melanie South   Jan Abaza
  Louisa Chirico
4–6, 6–2, [12–10]
Loss 4–9 Apr 2013 ITF Phuket, Thailand 25,000 Hard (i)   Melanie South   Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
  Peangtarn Plipuech
6–3, 5–7, [11–9]
Win 5–9 Jul 2013 ITF Woking, UK 25,000 Hard   Marta Sirotkina   Kanae Hisami
  Mari Tanaka
4–6, 6–1, [10–7]
Win 6–9 Mar 2014 ITF Preston, UK 25,000 Hard   Marta Sirotkina   Timea Bacsinszky
  Kristina Barrois
3–6, 6–1, [13–11]
Loss 6–10 Feb 2015 GB Pro-Series Glasgow, UK 25,000 Hard (i)   Conny Perrin   Corinna Dentoni
  Claudia Giovine
6–0, 1–6, [7–10]
Win 7–10 Mar 2015 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Clay   Cornelia Lister   Kim Grajdek
  Alexandra Nancarrow
7–6(0), 7–5
Loss 7–11 Jun 2015 Surbiton Trophy, UK 50,000 Grass   Nicola Slater   Lyudmyla Kichenok
  Xenia Knoll
6–7(6), 3–6
Loss 7–12 Jul 2015 ITF Rome, Italy 25,000 Clay   Conny Perrin   Claudia Giovine
  Despina Papamichail
4–6, 6–7(2)
Loss 7–13 Feb 2016 ITF São Paulo, Brazil 25,000 Clay   Conny Perrin   Catalina Pella
  Daniela Seguel
3–6, 1–6
Loss 7–14 Feb 2017 ITF Altenkirchen, Germany 25,000 Carpet (i)   Conny Perrin   Alexandra Cadanțu
  Cornelia Lister
2–6, 6–3, [9–11]
Loss 7–15 Mar 2017 ITF Pula, Italy 25,000 Clay   Conny Perrin   Olesya Pervushina
  Dayana Yastremska
4–6, 4–6
Win 8–15 Sep 2017 ITF Albuquerque, U.S. 80,000 Hard   Conny Perrin   Viktorija Golubic
  Amra Sadiković
6–3, 6–3
Loss 8–16 Oct 2017 ITF Florence, U.S. 25,000 Hard   Amra Sadikovic   Maria Sanchez
  Taylor Townsend
1–6, 2–6
Loss 8–17 Feb 2018 GB Pro-Series Loughborough, UK 25,000 Hard (i)   Conny Perrin   Michaëlla Krajicek
  Bibiane Schoofs
7–6(5), 1–6, [6–10]
Win 9–17 Mar 2018 ITF São Paulo, Brazil 25,000 Clay   Conny Perrin   Hsu Chieh-yu
  Marcela Zacarías
6–4, 3–6, [13–11]
Win 10–17 Apr 2018 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 15,000 Hard   Eleni Kordolaimi   Rutuja Bhosale
  Kanika Vaidya
6–4, 6–1
Loss 10–18 May 2018 Fukuoka International, Japan 60,000 Carpet   Amra Sadikovic   Naomi Broady
  Asia Muhammad
2–6, 0–6
Loss 10–19 Oct 2018 ITF Florence, U.S. 25,000 Hard   Conny Perrin   Anna Danilina
  Ulrikke Eikeri
7–6(9), 2–6, [8–10]
Win 11–19 Oct 2018 Challenger de Saguenay, Canada 60,000 Hard (i)   Conny Perrin   Sharon Fichman
  Maria Sanchez
6–0, 5–7, [10–7]
Loss 11–20 Mar 2019 ITF Nishitama, Japan 25,000 Hard   Emina Bektas   Haruna Arakawa
  Minori Yonehara
4–6, 3–6
Loss 11–21 Mar 2019 Kōfu International, Japan 25,000 Hard   Emina Bektas   Chang Kai-chen
  Hsu Ching-wen
1–6, 3–6
Loss 11–22 Apr 2019 ITF Sunderland, UK 25,000 Hard (i)   Emina Bektas   Maja Chwalińska
  Ulrikke Eikeri
4–6, 6–3, [9–11]
Win 12–22 Sep 2019 ITF Redding, U.S. 25,000 Hard   Emina Bektas   Catherine Harrison
  Paige Hourigan
6–3, 6–1
Win 13–22 Oct 2019 ITF Florence, U.S. 25,000 Hard   Emina Bektas   Olivia Tjandramulia
  Marcela Zacarias
7-5, 6–4
Win 14–22 Jan 2021 ITF Rome Open, U.S. 60,000 Hard   Emina Bektas   Olga Govortsova
  Jovana Jović
5–7, 6–2, [10–8]
Win 15–22 Feb 2021 ITF Orlando, U.S. 25,000 Hard   Emina Bektas   Conny Perrin
  Camila Osorio
7–5, 2–6, [10–5]
Loss 15–23 Mar 2021 ITF Newport Beach, U.S. 25,000 Hard   Emina Bektas   Vania King
  Maegan Manasse
4–6, 2–6
Win 16–23 Apr 2021 ITF Dubai, UAE 25,000 Hard   Emina Bektas   Berfu Cengiz
  İpek Öz
7–5, 4–6, [10–7]
Loss 16–24 Oct 2021 Henderson Open, U.S. 60,000 Hard   Emina Bektas   Quinn Gleason
  Tereza Mihalíková
6–7(5), 5–7
Win 17–24 Jan 2022 Traralgon International, Australia 60,000 Hard   Emina Bektas   Catherine Harrison
  Aldila Sutjiadi
0–6, 7–6(1), [10-8]
Loss 17–25 Feb 2022 ITF Rome Open, U.S. 60,000 Hard (i)   Emina Bektas   Sophie Chang
  Angela Kulikov
3–6, 7–6(7–2), [7–10]

ReferencesEdit

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