History almost repeated itself on Tara Moore at Wimbledon as the plucky 20-year old from Rossington crashed out of the ladies’ singles in a showdown of high drama.
Four years ago Moore was forced to retire from a Junior Wimbledon match midway through the second set after she aggravated her hip.
Having fought back from a set down last night to level her first round tie against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, Moore called a medical time out after the third game of the deciding set when she fell awkwardly while trying to change direction on the increasingly slippery grass.
This time she was able to continue, albeit with her right leg heavily strapped. Amazingly Moore, a one-time member of Doncaster LTC, proceeded to recover from 3-0 down, squaring the set at 4-4 to the delight of a patriotic crowd gathered around Court 17.
Kanepi broke in what proved to be the deciding 12tg game to clinch the match 7-5 5-7 7-5.
Afterwards Moore refused to blame the result on her third set tumble, insisting that her leg had felt fine once she started moving around the court again.
“I fell over exactly the same way on grass while playing about two weeks ago,” Moore said. “This time I was trying to change direction and just went a bit too fast for myself. I was more shocked than anything. When you’re not sure whether you’ve done any damage to yourself then it’s best to get things checked out. Thankfully it’s no big deal.
“Right now I’m feeling very disappointed and upset. I tried my hardest out there. I left everything out there. But I know there are a lot of positives to take away from that match. Kaia played very well and kept that level up for the entire match. I was happy that I was able to match her levels. In the end it just came down to a couple of points here and there.
“I fought as hard as I could. I just hope it showed to everyone who was around the court and watching on TV.”