Tara Moore’s magnificent run to the quarter-finals of the WTA International in Nottingham this week ended on Friday after a straight sets defeat to Saisai Zheng of China, but the Brit will still be exceptionally proud at being the last Brit standing in a field containing the likes of Konta, Watson, Broady and Robson.
Congrats to @Zheng_Saisai and good luck for the rest of the tournament! On to Birmingham! Thankyou for everyone’s continued support ❤️🎾🇬🇧
— Tara Moore (@TaraMoore92) June 11, 2016
Moore was required to qualify for the event this week and romped through the draw after making the final at the ITF Futures $50k in Eastbourne the previous week: the Brit defeated qualifying 6th seed Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia en route to qualifying for the main draw, before wins over Donna Vekic and eighth seed Christina McHale left her standing solo in the quarter-finals with no fellow Brits for company.
But Chinese Zheng was a step too far, the with world #85 producing a hugely solid display to shut out the Brit 6-2 6-4. Zheng remained unbroken throughout the match, winning 7 out of 7 close games and efficiently breaking serve in all three of the games she was offered the window of opportunity.
Moore, as ever, was hugely gracious in defeat on social media, and looked ahead to the next competition – a WTA Premier event in Birmingham for which she has been awarded a wildcard.