Moore runner-up in Russia

PUBLISHED: 10:45 30 August 2012

Tara Moore. Picture by James Jordan

Tara Moore. Picture by James Jordan

POTTERS Bar tennis talent Tara Moore was unlucky to lose in the final of the £50,000 Tatarstan Open in Russia.

The British-ranked number seven had played brilliantly all week to reach her final first ever final at a 50K event on the ITF Circuit.

Moore produced an excellent display earlier in the week to defeat home favourite Valeria Solovieva the third seed. Moore lost in the final of the event to Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova in straight sets, 6 3, 7 5.

Moore said she was playing with more confidence thanks to her coach, John Morris after her recent success.

“I am disappointed to not have won the final or to have at least played better but I had a good week and my ranking will rocket now, so I can get in to the better tournaments and give myself the opportunities to play at the higher levels where I feel I should be playing.

“The grass court period showed me I can compete with the best in the world and my coach John Morris has been telling me that for nearly three years and now I am believing it more on a daily and weekly basis.

“I need to keep getting stronger and faster and will continue to do that with my team at GTC Gosling. I want to play the slams next year and this has given me a great platform to do that.”

Tara has just recently celebrated her 20th birthday, and her recent results since her injury earlier in the year, have shown great promise for the rest of the year.

Her recent results have been reaching the second round of the Aegon Classic on the main WTA Tour and in the process beating Iveta Benesova.

Moore then reached the semi-finals of the 25K event at Woking.

Her ranking should now move into the top 250. Tara will be hoping her new ranking will help gain some entries into the qualifying events on the main WTA Tour.

Tara will go to Japan next week for two $25k events followed by a $100k event in China. Her schedule after that will be made up of $75k events and she look to play at the WTA event in Luxembourg.

This was the best week of Moore’s career and she is hoping to break in to the top 200 by the end of the year at the very least.

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