Potters Bar's Tara Moore claims Aegon Classic success before being knocked out
British number eight Tara Moore produced the best result of her career on the WTA Tour in Birmingham on Tuesday by beating world number 53 and reigning Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic at the Aegon Classic.
The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, crushed the Czech player 6-1, 6-2 to claim her first ever career win on the main WTA Tour.
Moore then put up a brave effort before going down to Casey Dellacqua of Australia in three sets on Wednesday. She was in a positive mood despite her loss, reflecting on a positive outlook for the coming months and said: “Obviously it’s a great opportunity for me to play WTAs, and hopefully I’ll be playing a lot more in the future.”
However, the win over Benesova has proved what ability and promise Moore has in her game. She has been out injured this year and only came back to competition in April but a promising win over fellow Brit Melanie South in Nottingham last week showed Moore’s ambitions and she will hope to qualify into the Wimbledon Championships as she competes in the qualifying event at Roehampton next week.
“It’s a big boost going into Wimbledon on grass," she said. "It’s great preparation for me and hopefully I can continue on.” The Potters Bar Star advised she was looking for a healthy period to enable her to get her ranking higher to enable her to play more on the main WTA Tour.
“I just want to do as best as I can," Moore explained. "I’ve had a bad time with injuries and I just want to hopefully continue injury-free.”