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LTA WEBSITE - 17/11/2006

Grandin frustrates South in Port Pirie

British No.2 Mel South lost in straight sets to South African Natalie Grandin in the last eight of the Port Pirie $25,000 event in South Australia on Friday.

Grandin used her experience to frustrate the 20-year-old from Surrey during a 6-4, 6-0 victory.

The world No.248 is becoming something of a nemesis for the Brits Down Under having now beaten both South and Georgie Stoop twice in two weeks.

It’s the last tournament for the girls next week, so it’d be great to get some more wins and ranking points to finish the year on a high note.

Lucie Ahl

South began strongly by moving into a 4-2 first set lead, but couldn’t sustain her challenge in hot, windy conditions.

“Mel let Grandin’s game get to her a little bit and rather than trying to hang in there and make her work she over-pressed and made too many errors,” said South’s coach, Lucie Ahl.

“Let's hope we can get a win over Grandin next week if one of our girls plays her!”

The British contingent now move on to Nuriootpa for the final tournament of their three-week tour.

“The courts are a bit more bouncy next week – the ball moves off the court a lot more,” explained Ahl.

“I think the extra bit of pace should help the Brits.

“It’s the last tournament for the girls, so it’d be great to get some more wins and ranking points to finish the year on a high note!”



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