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THE TELEGRAPH - 11/06/2008

Britain's Mel South

Britain's Mel South defeats Sybille Bammer to reach third round of DFS Classic in Birmingham

Mel South, the British No 4, achieved the second biggest win of her career to become the first player to reach the third round of the DFS Classic in Birmingham.

The 22-year-old from Surrey displayed tremendous courage and fortitude to put out fourth seed Sybille Bammer in straight sets in an extraordinary centre-court match in which there were twice as many breaks as holds.

South, who was a straight-sets winner over compatriot Anna Fitzpatrick in the first round, twice came from 0-40 down to hold serve and eventually gained a 6-3,7-5 win over the Austrian world No 28.

Her day got even better when she discovered she had been awarded a wildcard for Wimbledon, along with fellow Britons Elena Baltacha, Katie O'Brien and Naomi Cavaday.

South needed a wildcard to enter the Birmingham tournament but made light of conceding 126 places to her opponent world rankings.

Bammer, 28, one of only three mothers on the Sony Ericsson WTA tour, was effectively the third seed following the late withdrawal of French Open runner-up Dinara Safina.

South rated today's win alongside her victory over Francesca Schiavone in the first round at Wimbledon two years ago.

"I used that to give me confidence," she said. "I don't feel I served that well today but everything else worked well. I fought really hard and returned well.

"I kept being aggressive and fought really hard because I really wanted to win it in two sets and not go to a third."



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