Moore making her way back
Jess Moore will contest the final of the Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International, a culmination of her impressive form on the Pro Tour.
Aussie Jessica Moore advanced into the final of the 2014 Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International on Friday after taking out second-seeded Brit Katy Dunne in three sets, 6-3 4-6 6-3.
The two girls were involved in a couple of practice sets together in the lead-up to the tournament, and as a result, Moore said she was prepared for the challenge.
“I knew her game pretty well, so it was really just a matter of how I handled the situation out there,” she said.
“I felt like I did a pretty good job.”
Later in the day, Moore was back on court again, this time with her partner Abbey Myers, winning their doubles final in straight sets over Lizette Cabrera and Priscilla Hon – and making it two doubles titles in a row for the girls after their success in Cairns last week.
It capped off a satisfying day for 24-year-old Moore, who will now look to take things one step further when she battles little-known Swede Ellen Allgurin in the singles final on Saturday.
Allgurin has enjoyed an incredible run recently; qualifying for Cairns last week and making the final, before taking advantage of her special exemption into the main draw this week in Toowomba where she has again reached the final.
“I don’t know that much about her,” Moore said of Allgurin. “But she’s obviously playing well and she will have built some confidence.
“I’ll just continue to focus on the things I’m working on.”
Success will be sweet for Moore if she can get past the Swede. It’s been a long road back for the girl who many would remember winning Grand Slam matches in the main draw at both the Australian and US Open back in 2008, and reaching a career-high ranking of No.132.
As it turned out though, a series of niggling injuries including a stress fracture sidelined her for almost a year, and since then she has been taking time to slowly work her way back.
But there’s no doubt the fire is still in the belly.
“Taking that break made it obvious to me that I still want to really do it,” Moore said. “A lot of it for me is about believing I belong out there.
“I’d love to get back there. That’s my dream.”
However, currently sitting outside the world’s top 400, Moore understands she has a lot of work in front of her if she wants to make that dream a reality.
Putting results on the board will hopefully get her some much-needed opportunities and, as such, this week is exactly what she needs.
“I’ve got to focus on tournaments like these and then keep the momentum going,” Moore said.
After Toowoomba, the West Australian local will head back home to play in front of family and friends in the 2014 Perth Tennis International.
“I don’t get to do it very often. It will be a nice change,” she says.
Jessica Moore takes on Ellen Allgurin in the women’s final of the 2014 Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International at 11am on Saturday.