Mel South’s fine run at the Medibank International in Sydney came to an end on Tuesday, losing against world No.12 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 2-6 0-6.
“It’s been a great week and there are a ton of positives for Mel to take away from here to next week’s Australian Open and the season ahead,” said South’s coach, Simon Walsh.
“The score didn’t reflect the quality of the match and the closeness of a lot of the games. The first set was very high quality and Mel had some real chances which she wasn’t able to convert.”
“She is playing very well and her game has gone to a new level. For Mel, it’s now about getting this type of invaluable experience and exposure of competing against the top players more often.”
On her way to the second round, the 21 year-old came through three qualifying matches without dropping a set before facing Marion Bartoli of France in the opening round, the former Wimbledon runner-up withdrawing through injury at 1-1 in the first set.
Having gained direct entry into the Aussie Open main draw, South will now join Keothavong in Melbourne to compete in the first Grand Slam of the year.