Full Name: Cecilie Lundgaard Melsted
Birth Date: 05 FEB 1995
Residence: Frederiksberg (Copenhagen), Denmark
Plays: Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)
Best weapon: Forehand
Melsted is without doubt the best of the Danish juniors born 1995, and certainly also better than those girls who are 1 year older. Melsted may even be the best of the juniors in that three-year gap after Karen Barbat and Mai Grage of 1992. Cecilie Melsted has been continously ranked #1 or close to #1 in her age group in Denmark ever since she was 12 years of age in 2007.
Current Danish ranking:
Aug 2010 - #1 (U16) (#5 in the women's rankings)
Danish Year end rankings:
2007 - #1 (U12)
2008 - #2 (U14) (#20 in the women's rankings)
2009 - #1 (U14) (#10 in the women's rankings)
('Center of Elite')
Cecilie Melsted has been part of the training program at Elitecentret under the Danish Tennis Federation - a project where she and Mai Grage have been the leading players on the female side. Elitecentret provides help with training, physical training, physical tests, travels, tournament planning, etc.
Tennis Europe Junior
Melsted has played some tournaments on the Tennis Europe Junior tour and was ranked #35 at the end of 2009 on the Tennis Europe U14 rankings. She won titles in Finland and Norway, and did extremely well at the Grade 2 Bambini Cup reaching the SF (losing a tight match 5-7 4-6 to the eventual tournament winner Anna Maria Heil of Austria).
Melsted has played a few ITF junior tournaments - mainly grade 4 and 5 events. She has not had any tournament wins yet but she was a finalist at Estonian Junior Open 2010 in both singles and doubles. She's going to play some bigger ITF tournaments towards the end of 2010 (Orange Bowl, amongst others). I will post Melsted's 2010 schedule in another post in the thread.
Melsted vs. Danish players
According to the results database at Danish Tennis Federation, Melsted has played more than 50 matches against Danish players the past year (more than half of these were senior matches!), and she has lost only 5 of these matches! All losses were in senior matches; Melsted has no Danish junior losses the past 52 weeks (in more than 25 matches)! Melsted has lost 3 times against Hanne Skak Jensen, and once each vs. Maria Jespersens and Anne Theil Gylling. These women are much older and more experienced than Melsted (19 to 24 years of age at the time), while Melsted was only 14 or 15 in these matches. Hanne Skak Jensen is an impossible task for a 14 year old. Skak Jensen is extremely good; a former pro player once ranked #300 on WTA and multiple Danish singles champion. Even Wozniacki would struggle against Hanne Skak Jensen in her junior days.
Melsted plays for KB - the most sucessful tennisclub in Denmark in recent years (they have won the Danish Outdoors Championships 12 times the last 15 years). KB has a very strong senior team, and they normally have no use of Melsted who plays on the junior team instead. But when Malou Ejdesgaard couldn't return from South Africa in due time for KB's first match of the season, Cecilie Melsted had to step in. To say that Melsted did quite well is an understatement: She double bagelled her 5 year older opponent in the singles, won her doubles match, and was awarded mvp for her team (most valuable player)!
It was quite a surprise when Cecilie Melsted got a qualification wild card for the $220,000 e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open in Copenhagen 2010. She wasn't among the initial wild cards, but there must have been some open slots just as the tournament was about to begin. It was quite wise to give Cecilie the wild card, I think. Cecilie did well in her match vs. Stephanie Foretz (FRA) although she lost 1-6 1-6.