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, and next made the quarters of the Sunderland ITF $25,000. Tara then made her debut for the British Fed Cup team and won in her first singles rubber in the 9th/10th place playoff against Austria, beating Tamira Paszek 6-2 6-4. Tara also went to the quarters at both $25,000 events: Nottingham and Karshi. Tara’s best run of the year came on the grass in Karuizawa $25,000, reaching the semi-finals, before being beaten by eventual winner, Jang Su Jeong. An injury-clouded summer stunted her momentum into Wimbledon, where she fell short in the first round despite having opportunities against Vera Zvonareva and was knocked out of the doubles on the same day.
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.