Tara Moore

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 and twelve doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. Her highest WTA doubles ranking is No. 151, reached on 2 May 2016.

Tara Moore
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Country (sports) United Kingdom
ResidenceDoncaster, England
Born (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 28)
Hong Kong, China S.A.R.
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachCharles Homewood
Prize money$474,511
Singles
Career record352–288 (55.0%)
Career titles9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 145 (8 May 2017)
Current rankingNo. 455 (12 October 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ1 (2014, 2017)
French OpenQ1 (2013)
Wimbledon2R (2016)
US OpenQ2 (2016)
Doubles
Career record215–179 (54.6%)
Career titles12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 151 (2 May 2016)
Current rankingNo. 243 (12 October 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2013, 2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup/Billie Jean King CupEurope/Africa Zone Group I – Play-offs (2014)
Last updated on: 14 Octcber 2020.

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] Current coach is Charles Homewood. Her favourite surface is stated as being grass although most of her titles to date have come on hard court.[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, Great Britain, 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 2008 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 wild card 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 2008 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-set 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.

2011Edit

Moore was runner-up in the $10k tournament in Sunderland, and won the $10k in Loughborough where she also won the doubles, partnering country-woman 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.

2012Edit

Moore won no titles in 2012, but finished as runner up in singles in a $50k tournament in Kazan, Russia, and in doubles, partnering fellow British player Lucy Brown in a $10k 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.

2013Edit

Moore started new season 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 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 Grand Slam 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 Aegon Trophy in Nottingham. 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 Aegon 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]

2014Edit

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 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.

2015Edit

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]

2016: First WTA 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 event in Rio de Janeiro. This was Moore's first WTA event in over two years. Entering would prove a wise choice as Moore and Perrin reached their first ever WTA 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.

2019Edit

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

Moore is openly lesbian, she is in a same-sex relationship with fellow professional tennis player Conny Perrin.[11]

WTA career finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. 20 February 2016 Rio Open, Brazil Clay   Conny Perrin   Verónica Cepede Royg
  María Irigoyen
1–6, 6–7(1–7)

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 17 (9–8)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$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 No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 19 July 2008 ITF Frinton, Great Britain Grass   Mona Barthel 7–5, 6–1
Loss 1. 9 May 2010 ITF Edinburgh, Great Britain Clay   Tímea Babos 2–6, 2–6
Win 2. 1 August 2010 ITF Chiswick, Great Britain Hard   Amy Bowtell 6–3, 6–4
Loss 2. 6 November 2011 ITF Sunderland, Great Britain Hard (i)   Alison Van Uytvanck 4–6, 1–6
Win 3. 11 November 2011 ITF Loughborough, Great Britain Hard (i)   Myrtille Georges 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 6–4
Loss 3. 18 August 2012 ITF Kazan, Russia Hard   Kateryna Kozlova 3–6, 3–6
Win 4. 20 January 2013 ITF Glasgow, Great Britain Hard (i)   Myrtille Georges 6–4, 6–1
Win 5. 27 January 2013 ITF Preston, Great Britain Hard (i)   Amy Bowtell 7–6(7–2), 6–1
Win 6. 25 February 2013 ITF Surprise, United States Hard   Louisa Chirico 6–3, 6–1
Loss 4. 15 July 2013 ITF Woking, Great Britain Hard   Pemra Özgen 6–3, 5–7, 6–7(8–10)
Win 7. 19 January 2014 ITF Glasgow Hard   Myrtille Georges 6–3, 6–1
Win 8. 10 January 2016 ITF Antalya, Turkey Clay   Anne Schäfer 2–6, 7–5, 6–0
Loss 5. 4 June 2016 ITF Eastbourne, Great Britain Grass   Alison Riske 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 3–6
Loss 6. 6 August 2016 ITF Fort Worth, United States Hard   Caitlin Whoriskey 0–6, 4–6
Loss 7. 7 January 2017 ITF Hong Kong, China Hard   Lee Ya-hsuan 6–2, 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Win 9. 8 April 2018 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Eleni Kordolaimi 6–0, 6–1
Loss 8. 15 April 2018 ITF Sharm El Sheikh Hard   Julia Terziyska 2–6, 6–4, 4–6

Doubles: 34 (12 titles, 22 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (10–15)
Clay (2–4)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–1)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 9 November 2008 ITF Sunderland, Great Britain Hard (i)   Katharina Brown   Danielle Harmsen
  Kim Kilsdonk
7–6(7–4), 4–6, [4–10]
Loss 2. 16 November 2008 ITF Jersey, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Elizabeth Thomas   Danielle Harmsen
  Kim Kilsdonk
6–7(4–7), 4–6
Loss 3. 8 May 2010 ITF Edinburgh, Great Britain Clay   Tímea Babos   Amanda Elliott
  Jocelyn Rae
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Win 1. 24 July 2010 ITF Wrexham, Great Britain Hard   Francesca Stephenson   Emma Laine
  Sania Mirza
2–6, 6–3, [13–11]
Loss 4. 3 November 2010 ITF Sunderland Hard (i)   Francesca Stephenson   Amanda Elliott
  Anna Fitzpatrick
2–6, 3–6
Loss 5. 15 March 2011 ITF Bath, Great Britain Hard (i)   Emma Laine   Giulia Gatto-Monticone
  Anastasia Grymalska
4–6, 6–2, [6–10]
Loss 6. 20 August 2011 ITF İstanbul, Turkey Hard (i)   Lisa Whybourn   Christina Shakovets
  Ashvarya Shrivastava
6–3, 6–1
Win 2. 12 November 2011 ITF Loughborough, Great Britain Hard (i)   Francesca Stephenson   Malou Ejdesgaard
  Amanda Elliott
3–6, 6–2, [10–3]
Loss 7. 3 April 2012 ITF Antalya, Turkey Hard   Lucy Brown   Lu Jiajing
  Lu Jiaxiang
1–6, 0–6
Win 3. 16 January 2013 ITF Glasgow, Great Britain Hard (i)   Melanie South   Anna Smith
  Francesca Stephenson
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Loss 8. 23 January 2013 ITF Preston, Great Britain Hard (i)   Melanie South   Samantha Murray
  Jade Windley
3–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Win 4. 5 February 2013 ITF Rancho Mirage, United States Hard (i)   Melanie South   Jan Abaza
  Louisa Chirico
4–6, 6–2, [12–10]
Loss 9. 22 April 2013 ITF Phuket, Thailand Hard (i)   Melanie South   Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
  Peangtarn Plipuech
6–3, 5–7, [11–9]
Win 5. 15 July 2013 ITF Woking, Great Britain Hard   Marta Sirotkina   Kanae Hisami
  Mari Tanaka
4–6, 6–1, [10–7]
Win 6. 8 March 2014 ITF Preston Hard   Marta Sirotkina   Timea Bacsinszky
  Kristina Barrois
3–6, 6–1, [13–11]
Loss 10. 7 February 2015 ITF Glasgow Hard (i)   Conny Perrin   Corinna Dentoni
  Claudia Giovine
6–0, 1–6, [7–10]
Win 7. 7 March 2015 ITF Antalya, Turkey Clay   Cornelia Lister   Kim Grajdek
  Alexandra Nancarrow
7–6(7–0), 7–5
Loss 11. 14 June 2015 ITF Surbiton, Great Britain Grass   Nicola Slater   Lyudmyla Kichenok
  Xenia Knoll
6–7(6–8), 3–6
Loss 12. 31 July 2015 ITF Rome, Italy Clay   Conny Perrin   Claudia Giovine
  Despina Papamichail
4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 13. 26 February 2016 ITF São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Conny Perrin   Catalina Pella
  Daniela Seguel
3–6, 1–6
Loss 14. 19 February 2017 ITF Altenkirchen, Germany Carpet (i)   Conny Perrin   Alexandra Cadanțu
  Cornelia Lister
2–6, 6–3, [9–11]
Loss 15. 25 March 2017 ITF Pula, Italy Clay   Conny Perrin   Olesya Pervushina
  Dayana Yastremska
4–6, 4–6
Win 8. 24 September 2017 Albuquerque Championships,
United States
Hard   Conny Perrin   Viktorija Golubic
  Amra Sadiković
6–3, 6–3
Loss 16. 21 October 2017 ITF Florence, United States Hard   Amra Sadikovic   Maria Sanchez
  Taylor Townsend
1–6, 2–6
Loss 17. 10 February 2018 ITF Loughborough Hard (i)   Conny Perrin   Michaëlla Krajicek
  Bibiane Schoofs
7–6(7–5), 1–6, [6–10]
Win 9. 2 March 2018 ITF São Paulo Clay   Conny Perrin   Hsu Chieh-yu
  Marcela Zacarías
6–4, 3–6, [13–11]
Win 10. 14 April 2018 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard   Eleni Kordolaimi   Rutuja Bhosale
  Kanika Vaidya
6–4, 6–1
Loss 18. 13 May 2018 ITF Fukuoka, Japan Carpet   Amra Sadikovic   Naomi Broady
  Asia Muhammad
2–6, 0–6
Loss 19. 20 October 2018 ITF Florence Hard   Conny Perrin   Anna Danilina
  Ulrikke Eikeri
7–6(11–9), 2–6, [8–10]
Win 11. 27 October 2018 ITF Saguenay, Canada Hard (i)   Conny Perrin   Sharon Fichman
  Maria Sanchez
6–0, 5–7, [10–7]
Loss 20. 16 March 2019 ITF Nishitama, Japan Hard   Emina Bektas   Haruna Arakawa
  Minori Yonehara
4–6, 3–6
Loss 21. 23 March 2019 ITF Kōfu, Japan Hard   Emina Bektas   Chang Kai-chen
  Hsu Ching-wen
1–6, 3–6
Loss 22. 13 April 2019 ITF Sunderland, Great Britain Hard (i)   Emina Bektas   Maja Chwalińska
  Ulrikke Eikeri
4–6, 6–3, [9–11]
Win 12. 14 September 2019 ITF Redding, United States Hard   Emina Bektas   Catherine Harrison
  Paige Hourigan
6–3, 6–1

ReferencesEdit

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