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Tennis In Surrey - 10/12/2002

Melanie South continues to impress

Surrey's Melanie South was the youngest player at Wimbledon this year! She played through the pre-qualifying tournament, winning three matches to place her in the qualifying round where she played Andreana Barna from Germany. Melanie did well, only losing 4-6,4-6. She was thrilled then to be given a wild card into Junior Wimbledon (an international junior event run during the second week of The Championships) where she would play on the famous grass courts. In the singles, she drew the no 12 seed and in doubles, the no 1 seeds! Although she lost both matches, the two weeks were a wonderful experience. This gave her great confidence and thus helped in her further success of reaching the final of the Girls' 18u Nationals held in Nottingham. There, she beat the number 1 seed, Emily Webley-Smith. Melanie was also selected to represent Great Britain in the Maureen Connelly Cup in Bournemouth.

Melanie now has a singles World Ranking and - following the $10,000 Sunderland tournament- she has also earned a doubles World Ranking.

Melanie is now studying A levels in the Sixth Form at Nonsuch Girls School in Cheam and is very grateful for all the support she has from the staff.

by editor christine wilding

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