Doncaster’s Tara Moore produced a battling fight back in gathering gloom to keep her Wimbledon campaign alive last night.
The British number six was always in a close first set with Russian rival Vera Zvonareva, a former finalist here, before being edged out by a single break.
But the 21-year-old – in only her second appearance at the All England Club – came out fighting in the second as Fed Cup captain Judy Murray watched on.
She broke serve to establish control and didn’t lose faith when her rival, who lost her Wimbledon final to Serena Williams four years ago, broke back to force a tie-break.
After a second set lasting more than an hour, world number 250 Moore duly won the tie-break 7-3, forcing the chair umpire to abandon play due to fading light just before 9pm.
Both players will be back on court on Wednesday to conclude the match with Moore looking to join fellow Brits Heather Watson and Naomi Broady in the second round.
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