Date of Birth: 06/08/1992
Birth Place: Hong Kong
Resides: London, England
Plays: Right Handed, Two-handed Backhand
Game-Style: Attacking all-rounder
Favourite Surface: Grass
Age Started Tennis: 7
Turned Pro: 2010
Tara had a very successful junior career winning two ITF junior titles as a 13 year old and achieving a top 100 ITF junior ranking little over a year later as a 14 year old. Tara left the junior game behind relatively early and since playing on the Women’s Tour Tara has had some very exciting wins over several top 100 WTA players. In 2008 she won the ITF $10,000 event at Frinton. She ended 2008 ranked world no. 712.
In 2010 Tara began working with British tennis coach John Morris and Tara’s results started to take off, including reaching the final of the ITF $10,000 event in Edinburgh. Tara then represented Great Britain in the Maureen Connolly trophy. Tara won her second career title at the ITF $10,000 event in Chiswick as well as her first ITF women’s doubles title alongside Francesca Stephenson at the $25,000 in Wrexham. She was able to achieve several career high rankings through the year and ended 2010 ranked 370. Tara also became a professional in August 2010.
In 2011 Tara was runner-up in the ITF $10,000 tournament in Sunderland and won the $10,000 event in Loughborough, where she also won the doubles, partnering Francesca Stephenson. She then reached doubles finals in ITF $10,000 tournaments in Istanbul partnering Lisa Whybourn and in Bath, partnering Emma Laine. She ended 2011 with a singles ranking of 332. In 2012 Tara finished as runner up in singles in the $50,000 tournament in Kazan, Russia, and in doubles, partnering Lucy Brown in the $10,000 in Antalya, Turkey. She improved her ranking in 2012, reaching 249 in singles.
In 2013 Tara won two ITF $10,000 singles titles and then an ITF $25,000, entering the top 200 in the singles rankings. In 2014 she again won a $10,000 singles event and also represented Britain in the Fed Cup. By early 2015 she had already won a doubles $10,000 event (in Turkey).
In January 2014, Tara made a very strong start to the new year, winning the $10,000 ITF event at Glasgow, defeating Myrtille Georges of France in the final, as well as reaching the quarters in the doubles. Tara then made her debut for the British Fed Cup team and won in Hungary in her first singles rubber in the 9th/10th place playoff against Austria, beating Tamira Paszek 6-2 6-4.
In Preston in March she partnered Marta Sirotkina to win the $25,000 doubles event. Later on in Japan she also gained success in the $25,000 at Karuizawa, reaching the semis in singles. In November at Bath in the UK she once more partnered Marta Sirotkina and fought through to the semi final of a $25,000 event.
Tara also gained valuable experience at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year.
Year to Date
This year Tara began in Hong Kong and later travelled to Europe to play in the UK, where she reached the final of the doubles at Glasgow, partnering Conny Perrin, losing a topsy-turvy match 6-0, 1-6, (7-10) to Italians Corinna Dentoni and Claudia Giovine. She also made the semis of the Antalya singles event in Turkey and also won one of the doubles finals 7-6 (0), 7-5, partnering Cornelia Lister, having already made a previous doubles semi final just earlier, partnering Malin Ulvefeldt. In March another doubles semi final followed, this time at Palm Harbor, Florida, USA, when she partnered Lesley Kerkhove.
Tara is well liked by many players, coaches and fans all over the world. She trains at GTC Academy at the GTC Gosling centre, in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Tara supports Manchester United and enjoys watching them whenever the opportunity arises. Her favourite food is Japanese and she enjoys all types of music. Tara’s hobbies outside of tennis include listening to music and attending festivals, shopping and meeting up with friends.