Mel South is the second seed in Mount Gambier
British No.2 Mel South resisted a tough challenge from fellow-Englishwoman Naomi Cavaday to move into the last four of the Mount Gambier $25K in Australia on Friday.
Second-seeded South beat the British No.10 from Kent 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 and will play Natalie Grandin of South Africa for the first time in her career for a place in the final.
Cavaday had a chance to take a real grip on the match when she had break point chances at 6-1, 1-1, but South held firm to take the second set.
Cavaday was up again 2-0 in the third and had points for 5-3, but again South’s temperament stood the test and she edged a tight decider 6-4.
“It was a tough match today,” admitted South, 20, from Surrey.
“The first five games were all really close and could have gone either way, they just didn’t go mine! It’s hard to rationalise things when you’re playing ok but the score is 1-4.
“In the second set I was more in control and the final set was a marathon. We both had chances and you could see that both of us really wanted to win out there.
I’m looking forward to the semis – Grandin makes a lot of balls so it will be tough but I have the game to beat her.
“I managed to tough it out that bit more today and came off with another win by my name which I’m pleased with.
“I’m looking forward to the semis – Grandin makes a lot of balls so it will be tough but I have the game to beat her.”
South’s coach, Lucie Ahl, said she had been impressed by the standard of play in the all-British semi-final.
“Both girls played some good tennis and it really was down to a couple of points to decide the winner,” Ahl said.
“Mel now has every chance to win her semi as long as she stays positive both with her tennis and in her head.”