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BRITISH TENNIS - 16/03/2006


To Hull and back ..

While Anne Keothavong was dominating domestic $25,000 events in January and February, Surrey's Melanie South was another young Briton climbing the world rankings when she won the third $10,000 event of her career in Hull.

The 19 year old worked hard for her title, winning both her quarter and semi final 7-6 in the decider against Serbia and Montenegro's Andrea Popovic and Scot Karen Paterson respectively.

The final was more comfortable as the second seed beat French player Irena Pavlovic 6-4 6-1.

South's reward was a new career high WTA ranking of 360, which pushed her one place up the British rankings to number seven.

The next day, South, who is coached by Lucie Ahl at London's Queen's Club, travelled to Jersey where she won two matches to qualify for a $25,000 international event. She then backed up those wins by beating top seed and then British number one Elena Baltacha 7-5 6-3 in the first round of the main draw.

However, eventual runner-up, Croatia's Ana Vrljic, proved too strong in the second round, beating the Surrey teenager 6-1 6-3.


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