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LTA WEBSITE - 13/06/2008

SOUTH FIGHTS BUT FALLS IN BIRMINGHAM

Melanie South put up a valient fight in her quarter final match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium at the DFS Classic, falling 6-4 6-3.

South took a 4-2 lead in the first set but was reeled back in by Wickmayer who won four straight games to claim the set.

In the second game she fought off break points in the sixth game of the set to level things at 3-3. But Wickmayer came back at her in the eighth game of the set, breaking to lead 5-3 before serving out the match.

World No.154 Melanie South put up a valiant fight in her quarter final match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium at the DFS Classic, falling 6-4 6-3.
South, from Surrey, had her chances leading 4-2 lead in the first set. But Wickmayer’s determination dragged her back into the match and the world No.85 eventually ran out the winner.
After the match South complimented the way Wickmayer had played. “She played a great match and she’s had some good wins here too this week so she was very confident,” said 22-year-old South. “I definitely had my chances but I got a bit over excited on those points and that’s something I’m going to go away and work on.”

And on the LTA’s ‘Think Pink’ day, which encourages girls to play tennis, South had some advice for youngsters thinking about taking up the sport saying, “You have to be dedicated and motivated but it’s definitely a great game to play so I think girls should just go for it.”

The LTA’s head coach of women’s tennis, Nigel Sears, was full of praise for South’s performance. “Mel’s got wildcards into Eastbourne and Wimbledon and she really deserves those opportunities. Her ranking is on the rise, she’s feeling very positive and she will take away a lot of confidence for this week



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