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StephenUK
Jan 12th, 2009, 05:29 PM
Melanie South has replaced Maria Sharapova in the main draw of the AO.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7823861.stm

:bounce:

Petkorazzi
Jan 12th, 2009, 05:32 PM
:yeah:

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Keothavong's run to the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland last week has seen her rise to a career-high ranking of number 53 in the world.

:weirdo:

patch.
Jan 12th, 2009, 05:38 PM
Great Britain the Fed Cup Winners 2010 :inlove:

This is great for British tennis, finally some success and with juniors like Laura coming through to :D Just need Bally and Katie to realise their potential and get their acts together and their could be more joining Anne and Mel by Wimbledon :yeah:

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Jan 12th, 2009, 05:44 PM
Brits are on fire

Dodoboy.
Jan 12th, 2009, 05:45 PM
:bowdown:

Russia, who?

Demska
Jan 12th, 2009, 05:45 PM
:hearts:

Dave.
Jan 12th, 2009, 05:47 PM
Proud to be British :bounce:

Marcelo.
Jan 12th, 2009, 05:52 PM
:bigclap:

Good luck Anne and Melanie :yeah:

Melly Flew Us
Jan 12th, 2009, 06:16 PM
that is great news :wavey:

mckyle.
Jan 12th, 2009, 06:56 PM
w00t

new-york
Jan 12th, 2009, 06:57 PM
:bowdown:

Russia, who?

:lol:.

good luck to them at the AO.

Ciarán
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:07 PM
:yeah:

Temperenka
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Go Anne and Mel!

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:13 PM
now they can have even more tourns in/around London :weirdo:
how about some up north :armed:

raffles
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:24 PM
Congratulations to Anne and Mel. Hope they keep their rankings until Wimbledon, it will be nice for them to play at home. Do you think there is any chance we might get to see Laura play at the AO juniors on the tv?

alwayshingis
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:29 PM
Awesome :D

SvetaPleaseWin.
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:42 PM
amazing, maria gone and replaced by a brit :D oh i am happy

Dini.
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Amazing news!! C'mon now you Brits!!

^bibi^
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:48 PM
:banana: and if Mel wins a match, that would mean two Brits in top 100 :banana:

Bally & Katie, please join them :sad:

Wintermute
Jan 12th, 2009, 08:04 PM
:bowdown:

Dawson.
Jan 12th, 2009, 08:11 PM
:worship:

These 'first since...' are becoming a regularity with British women these days! It's great news considering the years of drought we've suffered!

A few years ago, if you were to say there would be 2 British women in the main draw of a slam in 2009, I would have said Baltacha and Cavaday! Let's hope these two can join Anne and Mel very soon. Stoop has a good chance of breaking top 100 this year and of course there are some great juniors; Robson, Moore, Watson :banana: exciting times for GB girls.

Elldee
Jan 12th, 2009, 08:16 PM
Mel South does nothing for me but I'm really happy for Anne.

Vincey!
Jan 12th, 2009, 08:19 PM
woop woop! Anne could do really well there with her recent form ;) :D and well Mel just can gain experience ;)

southpaw58
Jan 12th, 2009, 09:54 PM
Congrats to the Brits!

Also Mel and Anne.

GO ANNE! =]

Monica_Rules
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:02 PM
Great news.

just over 12 months ago there was optimism within the die hard british fans and the rest of the world laughed at us. Now look whos laughing.

I think this is only the begining, theres a lot more to come with more players top 100 and even higher. Within 2/3 years i predict 5 brits in the top 100.

raffles
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:08 PM
I think this is only the begining, theres a lot more to come with more players top 100 and even higher. Within 2/3 years i predict 5 brits in the top 100.
Oh My God, I don't believe it. Imagine how bias the Wimbledon coverage will be then. It will never happen.

Caz
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:08 PM
Good luck to Anne and Mel. :bounce:

markdelaney
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:36 PM
fancy a bet tonight you get 8/1 for Mel to win and 10/11 for Anne. Surprisingly Virginie is favourite to beat Anne though only just at 4/5

Dave.
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:59 PM
now they can have even more tourns in/around London :weirdo:
how about some up north :armed:

North London would be perfect for me. :worship:

-Sonic-
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:11 PM
I'm so chuffed, hope we can see them on tv a bit more!

markdelaney
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:13 PM
I'm so chuffed, hope we can see them on tv a bit more!

I hope Mel draws an aussie wildcard.

sammy01
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:15 PM
i much prefer anne to mel but its great for both of them. i have a dream of anne being seeded at wimbledon, make it happen anne!

TS
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:19 PM
Good news. Hopefully Baltacha can join them sometime this year, as she definitely has the game to do so. As for O'Brien I think she's realised her potential already. She is not a top 100 player and I doubt she ever will be one.

markdelaney
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:35 PM
Good news. Hopefully Baltacha can join them sometime this year, as she definitely has the game to do so. As for O'Brien I think she's realised her potential already. She is not a top 100 player and I doubt she ever will be one.

I would have said Katie was better than Mel. They have played each other 3 times and Katie has won all of them. She just needs the kind of motivation Anne has been getting.

Play_Suspended
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:48 PM
I think katie just needs to sort her head out, but would say that her game is better than mels.

Dawson.
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:07 AM
Katie was one match away from top 100 in birmingham last year, where she lost 7-5 in the 3rd to Niculescu, if I remember correctly. Mel is in a similar situation now. Personally, I think Katie is a better player than Mel, but is a complete nut job. However I don't think that either are the kind of player who would cement themselves in the top 100 once they get there... Having said that I thought the exact same of Anne a few years ago, and boy has she proven me wrong!! And don't even get me started on Cavaday!!! :( :fiery:

EDIT - it was Shvedova who Katie lost to. I'm getting ChrisCHorses favourites mixed up :lol:

Lapin
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:11 AM
Well done girls!! :D

Tripp
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:36 AM
May they be the first of many players with direct acceptance into the main draw of Grand Slams. I've always -and not really sure why- been a supporter of british tennis and it makes me really happy to see that things are actually going somewhere.

And don't forget Sarah Borwell who is going to be a top 100 doubles player in no time ;)

TS
Jan 13th, 2009, 12:53 AM
The times I've seen Katie, she just seemed like a bit of a pusher? Maybe I caught her on a couple of bad days. I don't doubt she is a good player, but she just didn't seem like she had the makings of a top 100 player to me.

Monica_Rules
Jan 13th, 2009, 01:31 AM
Mel is a much better player than Katie but shes streaky due to her style of all out attack.

Katie isn't quite a pusher she doesn't play wham bam tennis, she tries to contruct a point. And she seems to loose matched in her head. She played 3 matches last year where winning them would have ut her top 100 and she lost them all.