Date of Birth: 06/08/1994
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 has again won a $10,000 event and also represented Britain in the Fed Cup.
Tara started 2013 very well, winning the $10,000 ITF women’s singles titles in Glasgow and Preston in the UK, and then the ITF $25,000 in Surprise, Arizona, USA. With Melanie South, Tara also won the doubles titles in Glasgow and in the $25,000 in Rancho Mirage, California, USA, and was runner up in Preston and in Phuket, Thailand. Tara reached the top 200 in the rankings in April and made the cut for the Roland Garros qualifying tournament, her first Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon.
On grass, in the UK, at the $75,000 Aegon Trophy in Nottingham, she reached the second round. At Wimbledon she faced 46-ranked Estonian, Kaia Kanepi, in the first round and was narrowly defeated 7–5 5–7 7–5. Tara then reached the finals of both the singles and the doubles tournament of the $25,000 Woking tournament. While she lost a close singles final to Pemra Ozgen of Turkey, 6–3 5–7 6–7(10), she and her Russian partner, Marta Sirotkina, won the doubles event. Tara finished the year by winning through to the semi final of the $50,000 event in Joue-Les-Tours in France.
Year to Date
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. She next made the quarters of the Sunderland ITF $25,000. 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.
Back in England in February she reached the quarter final at the Nottingham $25,000, losing a tight three setter to Renata Voracova. In Preston in March she partnered Marta Sirotkina to win the doubles event.
Travelling to Uzbekistan in April she made the quarters of the $25,000 Karshi tournament. And later in Japan partnered Naomi Broady in the Gifu £75,000 event to a quarter final slot once more. Staying in Japan she also gained success in the $25,000 at Karuizawa, reaching the semis in singles. Once again back in England in August she and Marta Sirotkina made it through to the quarter final in the $25,000 doubles event at Woking. In September she and Tammi Patterson also reached the quarters of the $25,000 in Redding, USA. The following month Tara partnered Nadia Kichenok to another quarter final appearance, this time in the $50,000 event at Joue-les-Tours in France. 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.
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.