Brit battles back from 6-0, 5-0 down to claim an astonishing win

Sunderland: British world No.479 Tara Moore has staged an astonishing comeback in an ITF tour event in Sunderland, fighting back from 6-0, 5-0 down to beat France's Jessika Ponchet.

Moore saved match point with a smash that skimmed the net tape before landing on the line – then set about clawing her way back into contention before winning 0-6, 7-6, 6-3.

"Never in doubt," the 26-year-old, who reached the second round of Wimbledon in 2016, said on social media.

Tennis has seen many great comebacks in the past.

Andre Agassi won the 1999 French Open final against Andrei Medvedev after winning only three games in the first two sets.

Before that in 1987 his fellow American Jimmy Connors, aged 34, trailed Swede Mikael Pernfors 6-1, 6-1, 4-1 at Wimbledon before pulling off a remarkable victory.

This year Czech Karolina Pliskova trailed 5-1 in the final set of her Australian Open quarter-final against Serena Williams, but won the last six games to triumph.

While Moore's snatching of victory from the jaws of defeat perhaps surpasses those, American Lisa Raymond went one better at the 2004 French Open.

She trailed 6-0, 5-0 and faced two match points against Czech Lubomira Kurhajcova before winning 0-6, 7-5, 6-3.


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