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LTA WEBSITE - 7/11/2006

PERFECT START FOR SOUTH AND O'DONOGHUE

Mel South is the second seed in Mount Gambier
Mel South and Jane O’Donoghue made a successful start at the $25,000 ITF event in Mount Gambier, Australia on Tuesday when both moved into the second round.

The duo were the only two of seven British players in the main draw who played first round matches on Tuesday – Natasha Khan, Rebecca Llewellyn, Georgie Stoop, Emily Webley-Smith and Naomi Cavaday all play on Wednesday.

Second-seeded South recorded a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Frenchwoman Violette Huck, while O’Donoghue took out eighth seeded Swiss Gaelle Widmer 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Since arriving from China, I've worked really hard on and off the court both physically and mentally.

Mel South

Afterwards, South said the work she has done since arriving from China a week ago made the difference in the cold, windy conditions on Tuesday.

“I felt really ready for my match today,” South said.

“Since arriving from China, I've worked really hard on and off the court both physically and mentally.

“I knew that I may get nervous closing it out, so I did a lot of work preparing for this before I went on and it certainly paid off!”

The 20-year-old from Surrey faces German Antonia Matic in round two, who beat the Briton at a Chinese event in early August.

South also recorded her second victory on Tuesday when she and Cavaday beat Frenchwoman Celine Cattaneo and Widmer 6-3, 6-2.

LTA coach Lucie Ahl, who is in Australia with the squad, said it had been a great start to the first of the trip’s three events.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start from the girls, they worked hard leading up to their first round and have all been rewarded,” she said.

“The fact that they’re all winning is definitely pushing each other on.

“The key and test now is to keep this level up, they've set the bar high!”



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