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Wimbledon Website - 15/06/2011

South pushes on to victory

Melanie South (pictured) flew the flag for Great Britain with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Liana Ungur, but her five compatriots in the ladies' singles draw all fell at the first hurdle on the second day of qualifying.

Wild card South, who lives a stone's throw away from the Bank of England Sports Centre in New Malden, Surrey, looked at home on the grass from the start and was not in the least troubled by her opponent who, at No.168 in the world, sits 125 spots above her in the rankings. It was perhaps not surprising. Just five years ago, the Kingston-born Brit defeated Italian Francesca Schiavone at Wimbledon and once again she displayed her magic, albeit on different lawns.

The match attracted the crowds and was a tightly-contested affair until South broke for a 4-3 lead, at which point Ungur receiving treatment and emerged with industrial-strength strapping taped around her entire left thigh. The interruption did little to dent South's concentration as she promptly held serve, took the set two games later and repeated the 6-4 score-line in the second.

by Helen Gilbert

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