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LTA WEBSITE - 2/02/2009


GB Fed Cup players Mel South and Sarah Borwell have both risen into the world’s top 100.

The new world rankings, which were published by the WTA on Monday, list South as No.99 in singles and Borwell as No.99 in doubles.

South has been in fine form of late having reached the Medibank International second round in Sydney and having gained direct acceptance into the Australian Open main draw in Melbourne.

This followed a fantastic end to 2008 which saw the 22 year-old win a $25k title in Port Pirie and reach three further finals, two in Australia and one in India.

With Anne Keothavong at No.54, it is the first time two British females have been ranked inside the world’s top 100 singles players since Jo Durie and Monique Javer on 28th March 1993.

Borwell, who teams up with American Courtney Nagle on a regular basis, has reaped the reward for concentrating more on her doubles game over the last year.

The 29 year-old won four doubles titles in 2008, including a $100k title in Odense with Nagle, and saw her ranking rise an impressive 238 places in 12 months.

This week, South, Borwell and Keothavong join Elena Baltacha, whose singles world ranking has also risen to No.108, to make up Great Britain’s Fed Cup team.

Captained by Nigel Sears, the GB team are travelling to Estonia to compete in Europe/Africa Zone Group I where play is scheduled to get under way on Wednesday.

by LTA

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