Birth Date: 06/08/1992
Birth Place: Hong Kong
Resides: Welwyn Garden City
Plays: Right Handed – 2 Handed Backhand
Game-Style: Attacking All-rounder
Favourite Surface: Grass
Age Started Tennis: 7
Turned Pro: 2010
Tara has had a very successful junior career winning two ITF junior titles in Canada and St Maarten 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.
To date Tara has won six ITF women’s titles, her sixth coming this year at the $25,000 event in Surprise, Arizona, a win that propelled Tara back in to the worlds top 220. Tara who is coached by former British number one Jeremy Bates has achieved a career high ranking of 183 in 2013.
Tara has had her best start ever to a year by winning three titles within the first two months of 2013, Tara began the year in Glasgow where she dismantled the field before moving on to Preston to pick up her second $10,000 title in as many weeks. In February Tara went State side to pick up another title but this time it was at $25,000 level as she overcame tough conditions and higher ranked opponents to walk away with her first title at $25k level, a result that took her to a new career high ranking in the WTA rankings.Tara’s results continued to be impressive making it to the semi final of the $25000 event at Edgbaston. Her ranking was high enough to be accepted into the qualifying for the French Open; Tara suffered a first round loss but it was good experience going into to the grass court season. Tara had some good results on the way to Wimbledon including beating former British number 1, Anne Keothavong and taking 2 top 100 players to 3 sets. Tara earned a wildcard to the main draw of Wimbledon where she pushed top 30 playerKaiaKanepi to a tight third set. After the grass court season Tara continued with $25000 tournaments making 2 quarter finals and a final over July and August. In September Tara went to the US Open where she lost in the first round of qualifying in three sets. She has played in three of the four Grand Slams this year gaining valuable experience. Tara finished the year by winning through to the semi final of the $50000 event in Joue-Les-Tours.
Tara is a sociable and likeable character that is known and well liked by many players, coaches and fans all over the world. Her Chinese mother and English father live in Hong Kong whilst her grandparents live in South Yorkshire in the UK where she resides most of the time. She trains at GTC Academy at GTC Gosling, in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Tara is a supporter of Manchester United and enjoys watching them whenever the opportunity arises. Her favorite 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.