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GB Tennis Girls website - 2/02/2004

$10,000 Tipton Doubles Final

An excellent performance by South & Llewellyn today in a long 3 set match. After such a strong 1st set for the Poles, it would have been easy to cave in.
However the British girls started off the second set really well, breaking in the first game. As well as serving more consistently, they also seemed much more prepared to come into the net when necessary in the 2nd set. Though not always successful, they were prepared to make much more volleys in tha 2nd set, and this attacking had its reward for Melanie and Rebecca.
The 3rd set started as the 2nd set had finished, with our girls racing to a 3-0 lead. But the 2nd seeds (the top seeds to actually play a match, as Helen & De Beer pulled out) perhaps thought their greater doubles experience might win out as they broke back to level up at 3-3. Any nerves however were calmed for the British girls, as the next few games stayed with serve. Rosolska had proved to be the weaker (and less powerful server) of their opponents, and so it proved, as her 1st serve deserted her in the final game, for Melanie & Rebecca to win the match 6-4.

Obviously, this is a great victory for both girls, and it continues an excellent start to the year for Melanie South (winning the British tour event at Sutton, which I also watched) and making the quarters in the singles last week in Hull.

by Bluepastures

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