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Eastbourne website - 18/06/2007

South ready for Molik clash


British No.3 Mel South canít wait to get started at the International Womenís Open Ė and is confident of making a real impact at the prestigious event.

The 21-year-old from New Malden faces a tough first round clash against Australian Alicia Molik, but knows a strong performance will give her a great chance of progressing.

South said: ďIíve never played Alicia before but Iíve watched plenty of her on TV. Sheís had a bad time but has come back and is playing really well. Like every match here it is going to be tough but Iím really looking forward to it.

ďIíve got a chance against anyone if I play well, relax and believe in myself. We can all play the game, itís a matter of having the confidence to perform.Ē

Molik is an ex-Australian Open quarter-finalist who reached a career high of No.8 in the world back in 2005. But South, who beat a top 20 player in Francesca Schiavone at Wimbledon last year, is hoping that a good run at Eastbourne will set her up nicely for SW19 this time around.

She added: ďItís great to have been given a wild card here and Iíll be feeling fresh for the match. Grass is one of my favourite surfaces and itís good for my game. Iím really excited about this week and also about Wimbledon Ė itís another great opportunity for me and hopefully I can take advantage of it.Ē



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