Hong Kong ace snatches WTA Tour victory

Tara Moore registered her the first WTA Tour-level victory since November 2016 to set up a 2nd Round showdown with Guernsey’s Heather Watson at the Nottingham Open.

The 28-year-old Hong Kong-born ace, whose favourite surface is grass, dug deep to see off fellow Brit Eden Silva in a thrilling third set tiebreak.

World no.476 Moore sped away with the opening set before Essex’s Silva battled back to level matters. With both players showing off their excellent all-court skills, it was no surprise that a tiebreak was required to determine a winner.

But 25-year-old Silva, who boasts Russian and Sri Lankan heritage, fell 6-2 3-6 7-6(3) to the Doncaster-based ace in what proved to be an epic encounter.

Moore’s next opponent Watson is struggling for form, having last picked up a first WTA Tour-level victory at the Australian Open in February. The 29-year-old exited the French Open in her opening match, defeated 6-4 7-5 by Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas.

In the first WTA Tour British grass court tournament since Wimbledon 2019, former Australian Open and US Open semi-finalist CoCo Vandeweghe was stunned by Océane Dodin in the battle of big hitters. France’s Dodin, who has only one WTA Singles title to her credit, saw off the New Yorker 7-6(4) 6-4.

It was better news for Vandeweghe’s compatriot Kristie Ahn who narrowly beat gutsy Londoner Jodie Burrage 1-6 6-3 6-2 win, with the 22-year-old yet to record a WTA Tour triumph.

Sarah Beth Gray, a 25-year-old Liverpool left-hander, also bowed out after Switzerland’s Leonie Kung swept her aside 6-2 6-2.