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The Kingston Guardian - 10/01/2003

Melanie takes her chance in Sweden

Rising star Melanie South has made an outstanding start to 2003 by winning the Salk Open in Sweden.

The New Malden teenager had to win three qualifying matches to reach the main draw of the international event.

Then she beat the number four and number one seeds on her way to the final.

She clinched the competition with a 6-1 7-5 victory over Finland's Carina Bjornstrom in the final.

Melanie made light work of disposing of home player Natalia Papadolou in the semi-final.

The number one seed had not lost a set in reaching the semi-final, but South ran out an easy 6-2 6-0 winner.

In the quarter-final, South beat fourth seed Jasmina Hamzic 6-1 6-0 and in her qualifying matches she beat Cora Vasilescu 6-1 6-3 and Naja Roma 6-1 6-1.

This success was a great start to Melanie's attempts to raise her junior world ranking. She is currently ranked number 26 in Britain.

There is no time for Melanie to rest. She was this week travelling across Sweden before starting another ITF tournament.

by The Kingston Guardian

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