Britains Tara Moore staged one of the more remarkable comebacks in tennis history after avoiding a double bagel and going on to win
Britains Tara Moore staged one of the more remarkable comebacks in tennis history on Tuesday saving a match point at 0-6, 0-5 down and going on to win the match.
Moore, the current British No 9, was facing Frances Jessika Ponchet in the first round at the ITF World Tour event in Sunderland, and had looked set to be outclassed by an opponent ranked almost 300 places above her.
Serving to avoid a double-bagel defeat, Moore fell 30-40 behind but her luck changed on match point, as an overhead smash clipped the net cord and landed on the line. From there, the 26-year-old held serve and rallied in spectacular fashion, winning six games on the trot before taking the tie break 9-7.
Moore continued the fightback in the deciding set, winning 6-3 to set up a last-16 tie against Germanys Yana Morderger or Romanias Elena-Teodora Cadar. After the match, Moore joked on social media that the result was never in doubt in response to a clip of her fortuitous shot to save match point.