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LTA WEBSITE - 10/12/2006


British No.2 Mel South says she is feeling good ahead of her final tournament of the year in Dubai which begins on Monday.

South has been handed a tough draw against second seed and world No. 74 Emma Laine of Finland in her first match of the $75,000 event.

Laine won a round at the Australian Open, French Open and US Open this year and reached the fourth round of the WTA Tier 1 Indian Wells event in the spring.

I don’t feel scared of playing Emma even though she’s ranked a lot higher.

Mel South

Despite her opponent’s pedigree, however, 20-year-old South says she feels good about her game and is ready to throw everything at the Finn when they meet on Monday.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” the world No.167 said. “I’m hitting the ball well and moving well.

“I don’t feel scared of playing Emma even though she’s ranked a lot higher.”

South’s coach, Lucie Ahl, said the Surrey youngster is capable of victory provided she is prepared to earn it.

“If Mel gets her game on the court she has the weapons to beat her, but she’ll have to work very hard to get that chance.

“Mel is going to have to be patient and be prepared to work to get the right ball to attack.”

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