Saturday, 1 November 2008

Spotlight On ... Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore is one of the biggest young hopes for resurrecting Australian tennis. The teenager is moving towards the top 100 after winning her third ITF title in Italy during the summer.
She made her WTA debut back in 2006 when she was handed a wildcard into qualifying for the Gold Coast event. She spent the rest of her time alternating between junior and ITF tournaments. In 2007, she was given wildcards into the main draws of WTA Hobart (New Zealand), the Australian Open and the US Open. Back on the ITF circuit, she won two singles titles (in the UK and Australia) and a doubles title (in Italy).

This year has seen Jessica enjoying more success at WTA level. After failing to qualify for the Gold Coast event and losing in the opening round of WTA Hobart (l. to top seed Alona Bondarenko), she reached the second round of the Australian Open (l. to 17th seed Shahar Peer) and the US Open (d. fellow wildcard Melanie Oudin, before losing to a revitalised Anna-Lena Groenefeld). As well as winning an ITF title in Italy, she has reached the semi-finals of two other ITF events in Australia this year.