Tennis: Doncaster’s Moore set for singles debut

Doncaster's Tara Moore
Doncaster's Tara Moore
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Doncaster’s Tara Moore faces a tough battle today when she takes to the court at the All England Club.

Moore, aged 20, has been drawn against Estonia’s world No 46 Kaia Kanepi in the first round of Wimbledon.

Kanepi, who will be 28 on July 10, is vastly experienced and has won four times on the WTA Tour including the Brussels Open in May this year.

However an Achilles injury, which saw her miss Wimbledon last year, ruled her out for much of the early part of the season and has been a persistent problem going back to 2011.

This is the first year that Moore, who grew up in Rossington, has played in the singles at Wimbledon but she does have experience of the world’s most famous tennis tournament after a doubles appearance last year alongside fellow Briton Melanie South.

The pair were beaten in three sets in the first round by Mirjana Lucic of Croatia and Russia’s Valeria Savinykh.

Sheffield’s Jonny Marray is expected to begin his defence of the doubles title on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old former St Wilfrid’s and All Saints school student spent part of yesterday in the Royal Box on Centre Court in recognition of his triumph last year.

Andy Murray avoided any first-round dramas as he eased past Benjamin Becker on the Centre Court.

While Rafael Nadal was suffering his second shock first week exit in two years, Murray was doing just what he needed in a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory that took an hour and 52 minutes.

Nadal refused to blame his problematic knees for his defeat to Steve Darcis, the world number 135 who has not won a tournament since 2008. The man from Liege in Belgium prevailed in three straight sets, 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (10/8) 6-4.

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