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LTA WEBSITE - 16/11/2006

South into Port Pirie quarter-finals

British No.2 Mel South enjoyed a comfortable second round win at the $25,000 ITF event in Port Pirie, Australia on Thursday to move into the last eight.

The fourth seed followed up her opening round victory over Australian Emily Hewson with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-1 success over qualifier Karolina Wlodarczak.

The result gives her the chance of revenge over the girl who beat her in last week's semi-finals in Mount Gambier - South African Natalie Grandin.

I was on and off in an hour and one minute so I got the job done and I’ll start to prepare for tomorrow’s match against Grandin.

Mel South

Seventh seed Grandin progressed with a 6-1, 6-4 win over British No.11 Georgie Stoop on Thursday.

Stoop responded well after a slow start, and was 4-1 ahead in the second before the South African hit back.

Despite the defeat, LTA coach Lucie Ahl said she had been impressed with the 18-year-old's change of tactics after a poor first set.

“To Georgie’s credit she changed her game plan and starting digging in and making more balls,” said Ahl.

“It unsettled Grandin but unfortunately she didn't quite have the confidence to stick with it and started over-pressing again.”

After Thursday's victory, South said she is already planning her strategy for Friday's meeting with Grandin.

“I was pleased with how I played today,” said South. “Those kind of matches can be quite tricky but I got myself going and made sure I took charge of the match.

“I was on and off in an hour and one minute so I got the job done and I’ll start to prepare for tomorrow’s match against Grandin.

“We have a players’ dinner and disco tonight but I’ll have to miss that so I get lots of sleep and I’m ready to go when I hit the first ball tomorrow.”

Ahl added: “Mel allowed Natalie’s game to frustrate her last week so she has to learn from that match and go out with a fresh, positive focus and the belief she can win.”

by LTA

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