Monday, 22/1/2018 | 12:08 UTC+0

Tara Moore Wins Again in Nottingham; Konta Out

If I were to choose between Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Naomi Broady, Tara Moore, Freya Christie and Laura Robson to be the sole Brit left in the WTA International quarter-finals in Nottingham this week, Moore would have been close to the bottom of my list. But the British qualifier is enjoying a massive upturn in form as the grass season kicks into action and has now surpassed her fellow Brits in this week’s event by making the quarters.

Only Moore and Konta were left after a poor first round for the Brits, yet event second seeded Konta couldn’t come past Chinese Saisai Zheng in the second round, with the Brit falling 6-4 7-5 after the Chinese world #85 produced a solid display with 5 breaks of serve and 9 out of 12 close matches won.

And very few people thought Moore, who was up against 8th seed and world #67 Christina McHale, would be able to do what Konta couldn’t and reach the quarter-finals. But a devastating display from the Brit secured a 6-2 6-2 victory over the shell-shocked American, with Moore picking up 8 out of 9 close games, 72% of big points and easily her best win of the year. For many, the performance was one of the best a female Brit has produced this year, with several members of the British Tennis Forums raving about the incredible (and unexpected) quality of Tara’s movement, shot-making and general level of play.

Next up for the in-form Moore is Konta’s conqueror Zheng. Moore is currently 9-1 win-loss on grass, while Zheng is #4 on the tour in terms of second service points won, so Tara will need her serve to be firing if she’s to have a chance of getting past the dangerous Chinese 22-year-old. The British 23-year-old has already surpassed her previous high weekly points haul – she has 78 already this week – and will quite possibly find herself moving back towards her career high of #183 a lot sooner than many may have anticipated.


25-year-old University of St Andrews graduate with a rather insane passion for British Tennis. Boston United fan (don't ask). Favourite tennis player: the Brummie bunch - Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool.


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