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Joe.
Feb 8th, 2009, 07:11 AM
if nigel picked mel 4 doubles im pretty sure we would be through to world group II play offs.

jake270392
Feb 8th, 2009, 07:52 AM
Yes I agree, if Anne, Mel and Elena played doubles more often, then they would probably be better than Sarah, I think this shows with Mel especially considering she only entered a few doubles tournaments last year, which she either won or got the final.
I thinnk Mel should have been picked for sure

serenus_2k8
Feb 8th, 2009, 10:24 AM
A lot of Mels worst results came while she worked with Anne, :lol: But Anne and Sarah apparantly did a lot of doubles work together. Its possible that their opponents were just on fire.

Tbh, does anyone care about Fed Cup except when its actually on? During the year I never think I wish they did better in Fed Cup, I am more likely to regret a tight loss in an actual event though!

Europe rocks
Feb 13th, 2009, 10:03 PM
FINALLY! Mel hasn't drawn Bartoli in a Tour event (as she isn't in Memphis), but lady luck has followed her here anyway:
M.South (GB) vs (3)L.Safarova (Cz)
:smash:

serenus_2k8
Feb 14th, 2009, 12:19 PM
Oh my :o Very tough! Didnt Safarova come quite close to beating Bartoli in AO? I cant remember, perhaps Im just confused as youve mentioned them both in ur post :shrug: :lol:

If she could win though, her R2 match is winnable. Stranger things have happened.

Dawson.
Feb 14th, 2009, 12:26 PM
^ yeah she took a set from bartoli and is in good form - 12 months ago this would have seemed a lot better, but Safarova seems to be re-gaining form. They have met before, in Seoul last year. Safarova wo 6-1, 3-0 ret.

The last 4 first round WTA MD matches have been; Bartoli - Safarova - Bartoli - Bartoli - now Safarova again :o very unlucky

serenus_2k8
Feb 14th, 2009, 12:32 PM
Oh well, sucky draws cant last forever. I have faith in Mel, I think she will take this one actually ;)

WIMBY
Feb 14th, 2009, 06:59 PM
Great to see Mel playing on the tour, good luck :)

Europe rocks
Feb 15th, 2009, 08:37 PM
Oh well, sucky draws cant last forever. I have faith in Mel, I think she will take this one actually ;)

Hmm, I beg to differ...
2009: Sydney, R1 vs Bartoli
Australian Open, R1 vs [17]Bartoli
Memphis, R1 vs [3]Safarova
2008: Birmingham, R1 vs [W]Fitzpatrick
Eastbourne, R1 vs [Q]Kleybanova
Wimbledon, R1 vs [28]A.Bondarenko
Los Angeles, R2 vs Kvitova
Montreal, R1 vs [10]Bartoli
Seoul, R1 vs Safarova
2007: Eastbourne, R1 vs [W]Molik
Wimbledon, R1 vs [26]Sugiyama
2006: Birmingham, R1 vs [W]Borwell
Wimbledon, R1 vs [11]Schiavone

Out of Mel's 13 MD appearances, I think she's only had a 'decent' first round draw twice - against Sarah and Anna in Birmingham. She's always come up against a seed in the Slams, Kleybanova went on to make the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, Safarova is always dangerous and Molik was ex-top 10. Hopefully Mel will have a change in fortunes soon

WIMBY
Feb 16th, 2009, 12:40 PM
Melanie up first, 4pm our time :)

coyets
Feb 16th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Lucie Šafářová won the first set 6-2.

coyets
Feb 16th, 2009, 04:16 PM
Lucie Šafářová beat Melanie South 6-2 6-2.

Joe.
Feb 16th, 2009, 06:24 PM
:(

WIMBY
Feb 16th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Posted on Melanie's site

From GB Tennis Girls poster CourtKing:

Hard luck Mel, I hear you have been ill since you arrived in
Memphis and spent a few days in bed, hopefully you will be fully
recovered for the rest of your tournaments in the USA and also you
get a favourable draw and not one of the top seeds at the start.

Good luck in Florida Mel :)

serenus_2k8
Feb 17th, 2009, 07:18 AM
Yeh scoreline seems off :unsure: :hug:

Europe rocks
Feb 17th, 2009, 08:36 PM
Mel :sad:
Good luck in Clearwater

WIMBY
Feb 18th, 2009, 09:56 PM
Mel arrives in Florida today :)

serenus_2k8
Feb 19th, 2009, 11:52 AM
:woohoo: I think this week could be great for her if she can play her best. How well does she need to do to make top 100 again?

Joe.
Feb 24th, 2009, 03:09 PM
mel seeded 5th and plays nakamura in round one. Oh my god the draw is incredibly strong here :eek:

Brett.
Feb 24th, 2009, 10:30 PM
0-6 2-6 :sad:

Dawson.
Feb 24th, 2009, 10:33 PM
absolutely pathetic

Yes Nakamura is a decent player with a nice tidy game, but 2 games?! Seriously??!! Urgh!

serenus_2k8
Feb 25th, 2009, 06:57 AM
:o She must still be ill or suffering from lack of practise...

Joe.
Feb 25th, 2009, 03:15 PM
:eek: deary me mel :(

serenus_2k8
Feb 25th, 2009, 05:02 PM
She was definitely ill lately, so that explains the shock result. I hope she can get herself in form for Monterrey tho :unsure:

Europe rocks
Feb 25th, 2009, 08:31 PM
Um...
Next tournament please :)

WIMBY
Feb 25th, 2009, 10:43 PM
Melanie is still suffering from the virus and also a shoulder injury, so has pulled out of Mexico. Get well soon Mel. :hug:

serenus_2k8
Feb 26th, 2009, 08:11 AM
:sad: And Georgie lost another 3 setter :rolleyes: Terrible week for the Brits in the states! :(

Mforensic
Feb 26th, 2009, 10:08 AM
The Brits don't seem to have good records in the states....especially Bally.

Europe rocks
Feb 26th, 2009, 07:53 PM
Fingers crossed Mel can recover soon. Is she on the qualies list for Indian Wells/Miami?

Play_Suspended
Mar 2nd, 2009, 07:33 AM
Don't know if anyones seen it but mel is the 'getting to know' player on the WTA site:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=3034

Mforensic
Mar 2nd, 2009, 09:28 AM
Very nice!

Europe rocks
Mar 2nd, 2009, 12:46 PM
Just seen it :cool: Nice to see Mel getting a mention on the Tour site

serenus_2k8
Mar 8th, 2009, 04:12 PM
I forgot Mel is playing qualies of IW! After doing so well in Sydney the rest of the year has resulted in 4 first round losses :( Lets hope Mel can have a good run here! She should be seeded to make the MD, which would give her 35 points if she can fight through qualies! Good luck Mel!

wales1994
Mar 8th, 2009, 05:16 PM
Come on Mel! if shes fit and playing well again :drool: GL in quallies Mel :kiss:

WIMBY
Mar 8th, 2009, 08:58 PM
Good luck Melanie. :)

Nice article in Ace magazine this month on Mel :)

coyets
Mar 9th, 2009, 11:40 AM
Melanie is playing Varvara Lepchenko in the qualifying in Stadium 2 Indian Wells at 10 a.m., which I think is 6 p.m. in Great Britain.

serenus_2k8
Mar 9th, 2009, 06:23 PM
You were nearly right, it started at 5pm GMT :p But thanks! Mel is down a set and a break but leads 0-40 on Lepchenkos serve at 3-2 in the 2nd. Break back Mel!

serenus_2k8
Mar 9th, 2009, 06:43 PM
5-4 in the 2nd, Lepchenko to serve out the match and Mel steals the break :eek: Cmon Mel fight!

Mforensic
Mar 9th, 2009, 06:53 PM
Mel fighting in TB at moment!

serenus_2k8
Mar 9th, 2009, 07:04 PM
She lost :( Get fit for Miami Mel :(

WIMBY
Mar 9th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Great fight in the second Mel, maybe the shoulder injury is hampering her serve still? :sad:

wales1994
Mar 9th, 2009, 07:14 PM
she needs to get fit! :( shes having a stinker all her wins this year from 1 tournament :help:

serenus_2k8
Mar 9th, 2009, 07:15 PM
Yeh her shoulder must be bothering her. She hasnt really had any bad losses except for her 2 recent ones due to injury. Such a shame!!

Joe.
Mar 9th, 2009, 07:50 PM
sucky draw lepchenko must have played well ;)

WIMBY
Mar 9th, 2009, 09:22 PM
She is playing competitive again, that second set was a good fight back and she lost to someone who has been in the top 100 and beaten both Anne and Bally so a good player, tough draw Mel, good luck in next tourny. :)

Europe rocks
Mar 9th, 2009, 09:39 PM
Mel :sad: Let's hope you can turn things around next week in Miami, ahead of the dreaded clay swing

Mforensic
Mar 22nd, 2009, 10:55 PM
Mel's Q1 match in Miami is against Staphanie Dubois. Good luck Mel tomorrow!

serenus_2k8
Mar 23rd, 2009, 07:26 AM
Good luck Mel, thats a tough match! I hope your shoulder is better! :o

coyets
Mar 23rd, 2009, 02:48 PM
Mel's Q1 match in Miami is against Staphanie Dubois. Good luck Mel tomorrow!

Fifth match on court 7, directly after Elena Baltacha. Good luck Melanie!

coyets
Mar 23rd, 2009, 09:15 PM
Stephanie Dubois is lesding 5-0 in the first set.

coyets
Mar 23rd, 2009, 09:19 PM
Stephanie Dubois won the first set 6-1.

serenus_2k8
Mar 23rd, 2009, 09:20 PM
At least she avoided the 2nd British Bagel...this is an awful opeining day :(

coyets
Mar 23rd, 2009, 09:21 PM
Melanie will now fight back and win in three sets.

serenus_2k8
Mar 23rd, 2009, 09:22 PM
2nd serve ace, she can do this :yeah:

serenus_2k8
Mar 23rd, 2009, 09:34 PM
Wow after going from 40-15 to break point down in the first game of the 2nd set I was ready to give up, but she held, broke and then built on the break to go 3-0 up :woohoo: Keep fighting Mel :bounce:

Europe rocks
Mar 23rd, 2009, 10:31 PM
Miami Q1r: [23]M.South def. S.Dubois 1-6 6-3 6-2
First win since Sydney and will now face 3rd seed Tamira Paszek, who needed 3 sets to beat Zi Yan. Glad to see Mel winning again and if she can get a good showing here, it should secure her a place in the French Open MD (entry rankings should be those of the 13th of April, 6 weeks before RG starts)

WIMBY
Mar 23rd, 2009, 11:32 PM
Melanie will now fight back and win in three sets.

She certainly did, well done Melanie :bounce::wavey::woohoo:

coyets
Mar 24th, 2009, 07:39 AM
I was ready to give up ...

You cannot do that with Melanie. She is always fighting back.

Joe.
Mar 24th, 2009, 07:28 PM
well done MEL :D:D

Joe.
Mar 24th, 2009, 07:32 PM
mel losing 1-6 0-4

Joe.
Mar 24th, 2009, 07:34 PM
1-6 0-5 :eek: omg

Joe.
Mar 24th, 2009, 07:37 PM
2 mp :(

Joe.
Mar 24th, 2009, 07:37 PM
Tamira Paszek (AUT) def. Melanie South (GBR) 61 60 :eek: :(

Play_Suspended
Mar 24th, 2009, 08:05 PM
Mel....:sad: it wasnt going to be an easy match but that score is a bit harsher than i expected. Looks like its down to Anne then to carry the flag.

Europe rocks
Mar 24th, 2009, 09:09 PM
Umm...whoops? Let's hope for something a bit better next tournament. There were a couple of opportunities for Mel in that match, just unable to win the big points

WIMBY
Mar 25th, 2009, 01:52 AM
Many close games which score does not show v a good and highly ranked player, hope that shoulder is ok. :hug:


Learning curves are tough but they are the best way to learn

coyets
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:51 AM
Melanie had three break points in the second set. Even so, it seems that she simply won too few points altogether, and being unable to win big points in this match simply made the scoreline worse. Tamira Paszek may be better than her 74 ranking. She has been much higher and has just changed her coach. I expect this match will motivate Melanie to continue improving her game.

serenus_2k8
Mar 25th, 2009, 05:05 PM
:o This score was a big shock, never mind Mel :hug: Rest up!

WIMBY
Mar 25th, 2009, 11:38 PM
Melanie had three break points in the second set. Even so, it seems that she simply won too few points altogether, and being unable to win big points in this match simply made the scoreline worse. Tamira Paszek may be better than her 74 ranking. She has been much higher and has just changed her coach. I expect this match will motivate Melanie to continue improving her game.

Good post. Melanie had a good first match defeating the Canadian No 2 Dubois. I think 2009 will be a learning curve year for Melanie and playing consistently at this new level will gain her much new experience. As you say, Tamira Paszek is a good player who has even been higher than her 74 ranking, in fact I have just checked the scoreboard and she just took the first set off Monica Niculescu who is ranked 52!! and 3-2 up in the second.

Learning curves are tough but they are the best way to learn

serenus_2k8
Apr 4th, 2009, 12:19 PM
Is Mel playing next week?

WIMBY
Apr 7th, 2009, 11:51 PM
Melanie is on a training block

serenus_2k8
Apr 8th, 2009, 08:21 AM
Ahh ok til when?

wales1994
Apr 8th, 2009, 10:11 AM
That sounds like a good ides for her :D :yeah:

Europe rocks
Apr 16th, 2009, 08:45 PM
From what I can work out in the Roland Garros thread, here's Mel's current standing:
Last in MD: Kostanic Tosic (107)

Next in MD: Olaru (108)
Lepchenko (109)
Santangelo (110)
Melanie (111)

Dawson.
Apr 16th, 2009, 10:48 PM
Two wins in Monzon last week would have put her in the MD for sure, and boosted her MD Wimbledon chances (without a WC). I think she should be playing at this important time of the year, but lets hope the training pays off when she's back

jake270392
Apr 17th, 2009, 08:27 AM
Not to bad thats she's only 4 out from MD. I think there will be a few withdrawals like Sharapova, Srebotnik and so on.
But on the other side, she will be seeded high in qualifying and can easily qualify and rack up the points.

serenus_2k8
Apr 17th, 2009, 10:49 AM
I wouldnt count on it. RG is the worse slam for the Brits to qualify in, though the US would probs be my 2nd least fave :unsure:

I would be happier if she could play for the big points off just one win, hopefully vs someone who sucks on clay.

I have to admit, I am shocked she isnt taking advantage of some of the insanely weak draws coming up. There are lots of 25k and 50k events in Asia which have shocking fields. Even the 100k in Johannesburg would be great :o

JAMESYBABY!
Apr 17th, 2009, 05:00 PM
does anyone know where/when she is playing next?

jake270392
Apr 17th, 2009, 05:47 PM
Im not to sure.

She's not down for any itf's for the next 3-4 weeks so might possibly be down for some WTA tour events?

Europe rocks
Apr 17th, 2009, 08:29 PM
I have to admit, I am shocked she isnt taking advantage of some of the insanely weak draws coming up. There are lots of 25k and 50k events in Asia which have shocking fields. Even the 100k in Johannesburg would be great :o
On the one hand it would be good for Mel, she would get lots of points in the bag, but in the long run is beating a load of girls ranked around the 300's going to help in the long run? It's one of those catch 22 situations, let's hope Mel's made the right decision :)

wales1994
Apr 18th, 2009, 12:07 PM
Hope she comes back from this training block better than ever :D fitness and tennis wise :bounce: She has a game that coud take her places if she just works on consistency and movement ;)

Europe rocks
Apr 22nd, 2009, 09:50 PM
TBE says Kostanic has pulled out of Roland Garros
Next in: Lepchenko (109)
Santangelo (110)
South (111)

And with fears over Vera Z, Kata still hasn't played and Maria not on the scene yet, could Mel sneak into the MD?

Dawson.
Apr 22nd, 2009, 10:28 PM
Just like this years Aussie open! :eek: GM will no doubt have another fit if she gets in too :nerner:

Its a shame that Zvonareva will probably have to withdraw though :sad: I would have picked her to reach the final. I can't really see the point of Sharapova playing on the clay season, so maybe she'll pull out.

WIMBY
Apr 22nd, 2009, 11:24 PM
TBE says Kostanic has pulled out of Roland Garros
Next in: Lepchenko (109)
Santangelo (110)
South (111)

And with fears over Vera Z, Kata still hasn't played and Maria not on the scene yet, could Mel sneak into the MD?

Fingers crossed she gets in :)

Europe rocks
Apr 23rd, 2009, 08:34 PM
Maybe if Mel had some of Mayr's luck when it came to WTA draws, she would already be in the MD :o

Joe.
Apr 24th, 2009, 04:17 PM
Its a shame that Zvonareva will probably have to withdraw though :sad: I would have picked her to reach the final. I can't really see the point of Sharapova playing on the clay season, so maybe she'll pull out.

for selfish reasons i want masha to play:p but i am sure mel will get in as a few more people are bound to get injured :)

jake270392
Apr 28th, 2009, 06:07 PM
Maria Sharapova is looking even more unlikely to play now considering shes pulled out of a further two tournaments.
Also clay is not her best surface so im pretty sure she will pull out and focuses on getting better for Wimbledon.
Is there any other players yet who are injured or have pulled out?

serenus_2k8
Apr 28th, 2009, 07:37 PM
Mel should get in. I would love her to win a match too. Perhaps if she timed her training block with a warm up event and then straight into RG we could see it happen :shrug:

Europe rocks
May 1st, 2009, 06:36 PM
From the Roland Garros thread, Kata has withdrawn :sad: However, this means Lepchenko is into the main draw and Mel moves up a spot on the next in list:
1. Santangelo (110)
2. Melanie (111) :)

serenus_2k8
May 2nd, 2009, 10:48 AM
2 more :unsure: Is Vera out yet?

Play_Suspended
May 2nd, 2009, 11:00 AM
Going to be close yet again...which week's rankings are used?

WIMBY
May 2nd, 2009, 07:54 PM
Nearly, nearly there, Mel for Main Draw :bounce:

WIMBY
May 2nd, 2009, 10:04 PM
Melanie is next in French Open Main Draw and is 23 tomorrow, Happy Birthday Melanie :worship:

Joe.
May 3rd, 2009, 08:59 AM
Happy birthday mel X:D:bounce:

JAMESYBABY!
May 3rd, 2009, 10:28 AM
happy b day mel :D
and it seems on her website that she will not play and prior events before RG which is good in a way cuz she needs time to rest and she also really hates clay :lol:

NoChokes
May 3rd, 2009, 04:51 PM
Happy Birthday :wavey:

Really hope she gets into RG.

Europe rocks
May 4th, 2009, 08:36 PM
Shaughnessy out, Santangelo in. Mel next in Main Draw, still waiting to hear about Vera and Maria, so fingers crossed Mel can sneak in :) Happy birthday yesterday, Mel :)

serenus_2k8
May 5th, 2009, 04:59 PM
Im sure shes in now ;) Would be her 2nd straight MD :drool: Hope she makes something of it.

Joe.
May 5th, 2009, 07:29 PM
i just hope mel plays a tourny on clay before RG otherwise i can see her losing easily:(

Europe rocks
May 7th, 2009, 07:30 PM
Erakovic has withdrawn which means that Mel is in :bounce: Let's hope she can get a decent first round match

WIMBY
May 7th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Melanie in Main Draw, yeah :bounce:

From GB Tennis Girls forum by CourtKing

GOOD LUCK MELANIE. Hope you get a good draw after getting seeded players in your first four grand slams. Know the French is not a priority this year from looking at your training block, so anything got from it is a bonus, but know you will be looking to take a positive from it, into the grass court season and then onto the American hard court season. So heres keeping our fingers crossed that you get the success your hard work theses past few weeks deserves, your aims for the future are fulfilled.

Play_Suspended
May 8th, 2009, 12:09 AM
Well done mel :hatoff:, nothing really to lose here so lets just see how it goes.

Joe.
May 8th, 2009, 02:51 PM
is she definitely going to play at paris and she is not injured? because she was meant to play a 50k event next week and puled out:(

serenus_2k8
May 8th, 2009, 03:24 PM
Yeh shes on a training block, which she obv. decided suited her better than playing a 50k I hope. :unsure:

Good luck Mel!!!

jake270392
May 8th, 2009, 04:25 PM
Its good to see thats shes really trying to get into better shape, its aslo good that her ranking hasn't drop too much and she can now really rack up the points.

WIMBY
May 8th, 2009, 10:04 PM
Melanie has taken out six weeks for a training block, go Mel :worship:

Joe.
May 16th, 2009, 07:42 AM
im a bit worried that mel hasnt played on clay in a year:lol:

jake270392
May 16th, 2009, 08:23 AM
Still I wouldn't expect her to do well on clay any way, but hopefully she can draw an unseeded player and get a win at least.

wales1994
May 16th, 2009, 10:42 AM
Draw one of the french WC's :) ;) hopefully Laisne :p

serenus_2k8
May 16th, 2009, 11:34 AM
Would be awesome if she got a WC :drool: Any beatable opponent would be great though. Hopefully she can avoid the clay court experts and the seeds. Who do you guys feel are the weakest clay courters in the draw?

Europe rocks
May 16th, 2009, 08:33 PM
Tanasugarn and Morita are two names that spring to mind. The lower rungs of the rankings tend to be full of clay courters who rack up the points on the plentiful International events on clay and the large ITF events

jake270392
May 16th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Well the wildcards this year are extremely weak, so I would tend to go towards them, but then, they will have the crowd with them and they are probaly clay courters.
I think I would also hope she draws someone who isn't doing so well on clay or is not doing well this year at all.

Europe rocks
May 16th, 2009, 09:21 PM
I think Mel will be drawing Marion again. The two seem destined to play against one another on the Tour :o

WIMBY
May 18th, 2009, 10:26 PM
Nice article on Melanie's website. Good luck in Paris Melanie. :)

18/05/2009 TWO DAYS TO GO

Melanie has two days of training at NTC this week before leaving for Paris on Wednesday to prepare to play in the Main Draw next week.

from Surrey Comet today

South gunning for French Open success

A beefed-up Mel South hopes her punishing fitness schedule will pay dividends when she makes her bow in the French Open this week.

The New Malden star has maintained a low profile of late, electing to hit the gym, which has seen her world ranking slip from 99 to 124 in the past two months.

But South reckons it is simply all part of the plan.

She said: “I took the decision to take some time out as I felt I really needed to get into better shape.

“I want to go a lot further than just making the top 100, and for that my body needs to improve.

“I have taken the last seven weeks just to work on my fitness - doing a lot of track running and gym work, and I feel really good.

“Now I’m really geared up for the rest of this season and I can’t wait to get started.”

South’s French Open action will see her in the main draw thanks to her ranking.

And she admits qualifying on merit has given her a big boost.

South added: “To know I am in the draw because of my ranking is great and I will take a lot of confidence from that.

“To be honest, the only reason my ranking has dipped recently is because I haven’t been competing, but it is nothing to panic about.

“Now we are into the part of the season I love the most, with the grass courts coming up after the French Open, and that is where I am at my strongest.”

With Anne Keothavong still flying the flag for British women’s tennis, South makes no bones about her desire to improve on her status as the nation’s number three.

And the 23-year-old feels breaking back into the top 100 will be just the start.

She added: “The first thing is to break back in the top 100.

“But top 50 is my goal now.

“After the French Open and Wimbledon, I will be off to the States and then Asia to boost my ranking.

“It is a grind, but if you want to make it you have to put in the hours, and I certainly do.”

By Simon Fitzjohn »

www.surreycomet.co.uk

Joe.
May 19th, 2009, 06:51 PM
really nice article:D
good luck at RG Mel ;)

WIMBY
May 19th, 2009, 07:56 PM
Melanie is leaving for Paris in the morning and has written a blog on the LTA site. Good luck in Paris Melanie. :)

Europe rocks
May 19th, 2009, 08:27 PM
Nice blog from Mel. Hope the training block pays off, ideally with a French Open title ;)

NoChokes
May 19th, 2009, 08:48 PM
We need everyone to collectively concentrate hard and think of these two words appearing next to each other:

SOUTH and EMBREE :lol:

Good luck Mel, a win (or more) here could be the kickstart her season needs.

serenus_2k8
May 19th, 2009, 08:52 PM
:haha: She could really get back on track here. Her year has sucked so far! I do feel though that the fact shes in much better shape and has her fave part of the season just round the corner, she should be confident and relaxed. I think nows a good chance for her.

Europe rocks
May 22nd, 2009, 06:45 PM
French Open
M.South vs (Q)M.Larcher de Brito
Not too sure about this one, Michelle can be decent when on, and then awful when off. Let's hope Mel can pull through :)

jake270392
May 22nd, 2009, 06:49 PM
I think its 50-50, Michelle has done well to qualify, but has struggle playing lower ranked players, I think if Mel is hitting the ball well, then she can win tis match. Lets try and get 1 Brit through to round 2.

serenus_2k8
May 22nd, 2009, 07:24 PM
Good luck Mel, could go either way. Dont forget that we dont know how good Mel is atm since she hasnt played in ages. Lots of uncertainty here.

Joe.
May 22nd, 2009, 07:45 PM
mel will win;)
michelle is very talented but not a great clay courter at all :)

Europe rocks
May 22nd, 2009, 08:04 PM
Have you seen Mel's results on clay? Last year she played one match on clay, losing 7-5 6-1 to Katie. Anyway, we'll keep our fingers crossed and maybe Mel will shut this Portuguese shrieker up :)

Joe.
May 22nd, 2009, 08:17 PM
michelle has won 3 matches on clay this year(doesnt count RG) and lost 3. the three she won have been tight three setters apart from a 6-2 6-2 win against fujiwara who is pathetic on clay. her three losses have been 0-6 2-6 against bovina:o 6-4 0-6 0-6 against shahar peer and 1-6 0-6 against ALG :eek::o

i honestly feel like mel has one of the best draws:)

serenus_2k8
May 22nd, 2009, 08:18 PM
:lol: Well when u put it like that, the new fit Mel could take it :o

Lets just hope so...

Europe rocks
May 24th, 2009, 07:40 PM
Mel 2nd on court 14

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 10:55 AM
not long now:)

szavay is a set and 4-3 up :D

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 11:09 AM
agnes won so melanie should be on any minute now:D

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 11:24 AM
mel breaks in first game:D

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 11:27 AM
2-0 mel:)

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 11:39 AM
4-0 mel:drool:

saved 2 break points at 3-0

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 11:40 AM
Melanie is winning 4-0. She was 0-40 in the fourth game, and won five points in a row to win on her serve and keep her two break lead.

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Melanie is leading 5-0 and is serving for the first set.

Petkorazzi
May 25th, 2009, 11:42 AM
*5-0 :eek: Seems the hard work is paying off. :)

But Michelle won the last match after getting bagelled in the first so... :unsure:

*hingis_forever*
May 25th, 2009, 11:43 AM
*5-0 :eek: Seems the hard work is paying off. :)

But Michelle won the last match after getting bagelled in the first so... :unsure:
Yes, but lightning doesn't strike twice... or does it! :scared:

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 11:51 AM
6-0 *1-0

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 11:51 AM
Melanie broke in the first game of the second set at the third attempt after taking a 40-0 lead. So it is now 6-0 1-0.

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 11:53 AM
Melanie was broken in the second game. It is now 6-0 1-1.

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 11:54 AM
michelle broke back. 1-1

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 11:58 AM
1-2 :(

wasted 2 break points

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 12:02 PM
2-2

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 12:05 PM
mel breaks:D

*3-2

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 12:05 PM
Melanie won all four points in the fifth game to break again - 6-0 3-2.

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 12:11 PM
Another break each and Melanie leads 6-0 4-3.

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 12:12 PM
no one can hold:lol:

*4-3 mel

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 12:14 PM
4-4 :( Great she bagelled in the first, bit of pride back.

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 12:14 PM
Melanie lost all four points on her serve in the eighth game and leads 6-0 4-4.

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 12:15 PM
:tape:
no one can hold serve lol its kinda funny:lol:
mel normally has a huge serve lol

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 12:16 PM
Melanie and Michelle have each held their serve once in the second set so far.

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 12:17 PM
The clay really neutralises a lot of flat serves, u need spin!

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 12:18 PM
5-4 mel now hold!!:lol:

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 12:18 PM
Melanie broke again and is now serving for the match. 6-0 5-4.

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 12:21 PM
30-30 big point here :unsure:

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 12:21 PM
5-5 for gods sake :fiery:

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 12:25 PM
michelle held :(

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 12:26 PM
Michelle held her serve for the second time in the match, and now Melanie is serving to force the second set to a tie-break. 6-0 5-6.

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 12:26 PM
B*tch! I bet she is screaming her lungs out.

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 12:31 PM
Melanie held and leads 6-0 6-6.

*hingis_forever*
May 25th, 2009, 12:38 PM
Mel lost the second set 76(5)! :rolleyes: Don't lose to this shrieking 16 year old! :fiery:

rcirani
May 25th, 2009, 12:42 PM
That's a shame, but you saw it coming. Come on Mel, women's tennis desperately needs you to win this! (No pressure..)

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Both held their first service game in the deciding set. So it is level 6-0 6-7 1-1.

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 12:52 PM
3-1 :( Mel blew it...lets be honest :sobbing:

*hingis_forever*
May 25th, 2009, 12:53 PM
3-1 :( Mel blew it...lets be honest :sobbing:
Of course she blew it! She's British! :rolleyes:

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 12:55 PM
But a 6-0 set is like the most amazing start to her MD debut. Please fight for this Mel.

rcirani
May 25th, 2009, 12:57 PM
But a 6-0 set is like the most amazing start to her MD debut. Please fight for this Mel.

She is fighting, she has been all the way. Larcher de Brito loses sets 6-0 all the time and still wins anyway. Mel was apparently just playing extremely well, it's natural her level would drop, but I'm sure she's fighting, that was a good hold to avoid a double break.

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 01:03 PM
Melanie has held her serve again. Michelle leads 0-6 7-6 4-3.

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 01:13 PM
Melanie has broken after rather a long game. So it is level again, 6-0 6-7 4-4.

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 01:17 PM
5-4 Mldb

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 01:21 PM
Well Done Mel! 5-5

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 01:22 PM
Melanie saved a match point, broke back, and now it is level again 6-0 6-7 5-5.

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 01:22 PM
saved a MP

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 01:23 PM
0-40 :rolleyes:

*hingis_forever*
May 25th, 2009, 01:26 PM
I thought Mel was supposed to have a good serve? :rolleyes:

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 01:27 PM
she does but its very flat and on clay it doesnt come through very quick;)

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 01:27 PM
Not on clay it seems.

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 01:27 PM
15-15

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 01:31 PM
mp michelle:(

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 01:35 PM
either the live scoring has jammed or its a very long match point:lol:

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 01:36 PM
she lost :o:sobbing:

coyets
May 25th, 2009, 01:38 PM
Melanie saved three match points in the twelfth game of the third set before losing 6-0 6-7 5-7.

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 01:43 PM
Totally pathetic. How can she be outplayed by a 16 year old in her MD debut despite leading a bagel and a break. WTF is wrong with British players.

Dawson.
May 25th, 2009, 01:43 PM
Mel couldn't hold serve to save her life! :rolleyes: should have been 6-0, 6-4 :o

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 01:44 PM
Mel clearly needs to avoid clay. It totally neutralises her serve to the extent where a young girl can break her when she wishes.

I think its looking good for grass. Apparantly she was amazing int he first set, no doubt lack of match play hindered her,

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 01:51 PM
mel shouldve won but michelle is a good player. i dont think there is need to call her pathetic:(

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 02:05 PM
There is. 100 points = 2 25k wins for beating a lower ranked, less experienced player from 6-0 and a break up...

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 02:11 PM
it was her first match in 8 weeks and her first on clay for over a year. yes she shouldve won but its probably her best performance on clay ever:p

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 02:12 PM
Yeh Im sure on any other surface she would have won, and I am very confident for the grass, but its such a wasted oppurtunity.

jake270392
May 25th, 2009, 02:42 PM
How frustrating, it always happens to the British girls. when they get into a leading position, they waste it.

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 07:36 PM
just for anyone who cares, mel was wearing fila apparel:p

wales1994
May 25th, 2009, 08:36 PM
I'm quite encouraged by thisperformance going into the grass court season :D!

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 08:41 PM
We should be. A bagel on her worst surfacce playing as well as Sam Smith said = :drool: Bring on the grass.

Europe rocks
May 26th, 2009, 09:47 PM
Heartbreaker. But MLDB always has weird scorelines. No shame in losing to a 16 year old, not many are touted as 'the next big thing'. Great showing from Mel, having not played for 7 weeks or so and with her best surface coming up, let's hope she can get some favourable draws :)

serenus_2k8
May 27th, 2009, 11:28 AM
Yeh :bounce: She should realy do some damage in Nottingham, as should Katie and Bally. I hope Naomi B and C get WCs too.. Good luck! Even last year when her draws werent great she did well with them, so she should be even more confident this year.

Im going to be really annoying if the British Press get on her back about her fitness though.

Joe.
May 27th, 2009, 02:15 PM
michelle beat jie zheng today in straight sets:eek: so mel must've played really well to keep it so close:)

take the title in nottingham mel :devil:

WIMBY
May 27th, 2009, 10:05 PM
michelle beat jie zheng today in straight sets:eek: so mel must've played really well to keep it so close:)

take the title in nottingham mel :devil:

Mel played an awesome match for the whole three sets v Michelle who is tipped as the next Sharapova and has knocked out the seeded Zheng today! As you say, training for 7 weeks, first match back and then on clay, well done Melanie. Roll on the grass and Wimbledon. :devil::)

Match Summary
Larcher De Brito (POR) South (GBR)
1st Serve % 67 of 116 = 58 % 57 of 98 = 58 %
Aces 0 1
Double Faults 12 7
Unforced Errors 22 25
Winning % on 1st Serve 42 of 67 = 63 % 36 of 57 = 63 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 14 of 49 = 29 % 14 of 41 = 34 %
Winners (Including Service) 32 34
Receiving Points Won 46 of 98 = 47 % 57 of 116 = 49 %
Break Point Conversions 7 of 16 = 44 % 9 of 17 = 53 %
Net Approaches 5 of 6 = 83 % 4 of 6 = 67 %
Total Points Won 104 110

Just looked at the stats and Melanie won the most points!!

Europe rocks
May 28th, 2009, 08:20 PM
Those stats basically say Mel should have won :p Just Michelle winning the big points in the end

WIMBY
May 30th, 2009, 08:34 PM
Melanie now in Nottingham on the grass, good luck :)

Europe rocks
May 31st, 2009, 09:37 PM
Mel up against Amanda Elliott me thinks :)

WIMBY
May 31st, 2009, 10:14 PM
Melanie teams up with Jos for the doubles, good luck girls :):)

serenus_2k8
Jun 1st, 2009, 12:43 PM
Through R1, 6-0 6-3. Amanda :hug:

Dawson.
Jun 1st, 2009, 12:48 PM
Nice start for Mel :) I don't think we should read too much into the scoreline yet though, seeing as though she was facing Amanda "10 match losing streak" Eliiot :tape:

serenus_2k8
Jun 1st, 2009, 01:49 PM
Yeh but 2 matches and 2 bagels on 2 different surfaces is nice :)

WIMBY
Jun 1st, 2009, 05:54 PM
Good transfer to the grass Melanie and always hard to play a friend :)

Tough draw Amanda :hug:

Melanie's site says she is now on Twitter

Europe rocks
Jun 1st, 2009, 09:21 PM
Solid win Mel, hope you can go far :)

WIMBY
Jun 2nd, 2009, 04:20 PM
Good luck in second round Melanie :wavey:

melaniesouth is on twitter

Europe rocks
Jun 3rd, 2009, 01:50 PM
Mel cruises past eighth seed Julie Ditty 6-1 6-0 for a place in the QF :eek: :D

wales1994
Jun 3rd, 2009, 04:22 PM
:eek: :woohoo: :bounce: 2 very easy wins to start the grass court season! :drool: With a nice draw she could go far in the WTA events on grass! :D

Slutiana
Jun 3rd, 2009, 04:27 PM
GREAT. :bowdown:

WIMBY
Jun 3rd, 2009, 06:22 PM
Wow Melanie :devil::worship:

Melanie v Amanda is on Youtube

Slutiana
Jun 4th, 2009, 10:06 AM
http://www.lta.org.uk/Global/Images%20-%20News%20%28square%20corners%29/Generic/Blogs/Mel%20South/2009-SouthRaeNottDubs-JJ-400x300.jpg

Mel really is looking SO FIT! :eek: That training block. :bowdown: must have done wonders for her confidence. And how tall is that girl Rae? Mel has always come across as being quite tall herself. :tape: I guess not.


http://twitter.com/melaniesouth

Heres her twitter, btw.

Mforensic
Jun 4th, 2009, 02:40 PM
Mel lost in 3 to Vogele 7-5, 3-6, 2-6

serenus_2k8
Jun 4th, 2009, 04:08 PM
NO shame there, but sucks to blow a set lead.

wales1994
Jun 4th, 2009, 05:01 PM
Could've won that! :( Think if she's going to be a solid top 100 plaeyr she needs to be winning matches like this! OOooh well onto the next event :D :yeah: Hope she gets some nice draws!

WIMBY
Jun 4th, 2009, 05:26 PM
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) (104) [4] bt Mel South (GBR) (121) 5-7 6-3 6-2

"I'm pretty disappointed, I was a set and 3-2 up and then the momentum changed. It was definitely a day when whoever was on top won the points. She takes the ball early and I started to have a few mis-hits and to lose my timing. I kept trying to turn the match around but it was a tough one today," said Mel.

Still getting into her stride from the training block, good luck in Birmingham

WIMBY
Jun 4th, 2009, 05:28 PM
http://www.lta.org.uk/Global/Images%20-%20News%20%28square%20corners%29/Generic/Blogs/Mel%20South/2009-SouthRaeNottDubs-JJ-400x300.jpg

Mel really is looking SO FIT! :eek: That training block. :bowdown: must have done wonders for her confidence. And how tall is that girl Rae? Mel has always come across as being quite tall herself. :tape: I guess not.


http://twitter.com/melaniesouth

Heres her twitter, btw.

Melanie is nearly 5.10 and Joss over 6 ft

serenus_2k8
Jun 4th, 2009, 07:23 PM
Joss is very striking looking. Bleach blonde hair and extremely tall :o Anyone know if she has some foreign blood in her?

Dawson.
Jun 4th, 2009, 11:49 PM
From what I saw of her today, she could still do with dropping some weight. I think the training block was just the first step, but at least she's heading in the right direction. Here's some photos I took today. Sorry for the quality, I'm pretty sure I had my camera on the wrong setting most of the time! :smash:

http://i42.tinypic.com/205e4ap.jpg


http://i44.tinypic.com/2nape28.jpg


http://i39.tinypic.com/2hd2nv8.jpg


http://i42.tinypic.com/110j88j.jpg


http://i40.tinypic.com/x3vp5.jpg

serenus_2k8
Jun 5th, 2009, 10:11 AM
Mel looks better, her arms and legs are much more toned, great work from her, thanks for the pics!

WIMBY
Jun 5th, 2009, 06:11 PM
Training block was just the first and she is looking great. Fab photos, really kind of you :worship::worship:

Joe.
Jun 5th, 2009, 08:48 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvKmi5ILEAM&feature=channel
found it on youtube:)
mel vs amanda round1

Europe rocks
Jun 7th, 2009, 08:01 PM
Birmingham MD up and Mel plays Katie. Very interesting match, Katie leads the H2H 6-1, Mel's only win coming on grass at Felixstowe after she won a match at Wimbledon. Up third on the main court :)

serenus_2k8
Jun 8th, 2009, 07:32 AM
Really sucks that they have to play eachother, with winner having to take on first seed Jie, after her great Wimb run last year....:cry:

Will be interesting to see how they can do, Bally gave a good account for herself v Jie @ Wimb :) So Mel or Katie could do.

wales1994
Jun 8th, 2009, 04:26 PM
Mel won 6-4 1-6 7-6 (5) Well Done! Better have another good run :drool:!

Slutiana
Jun 8th, 2009, 05:07 PM
Cmon Mel. :bowdown:

WIMBY
Jun 8th, 2009, 05:53 PM
What a tough 3 sets, over 2 hours and they took it to the edge. Well done girls and congrats on the win Melanie :worship:

jake270392
Jun 8th, 2009, 05:57 PM
I hope she can play well and serve well as Zheng isnt play that well lately, but I know how good she is on grass and South will need to ontop of her game.

Europe rocks
Jun 8th, 2009, 08:29 PM
Well done to Mel for coming back after missing three match points at 5-4* in the third. Tough to beat a friend, but that was what had to be done. GL against Zheng in the next round

WIMBY
Jun 8th, 2009, 09:01 PM
Melanie has been awarded a wild card for Wimbledon 09 :bounce:

Joe.
Jun 11th, 2009, 03:02 PM
Mel has lost the first set vs Zheng 3-6.
she was 0-40 up in whilst 1-0 up in the second but now shes 2-1 down with a break :o

Joe.
Jun 11th, 2009, 03:04 PM
make that 3-1 :(

WIMBY
Jun 11th, 2009, 07:45 PM
Tough draw Mel but more experience gained, good luck in Eastbourne.

Like the way the LTA now interview the girls after their matches and put them on the website. Great media training for them all.

http://www.lta.org.uk/Watch/AEGON-British-Tennis-Series/AEGON-International/Audio-Library/

Europe rocks
Jun 11th, 2009, 08:14 PM
Mel :sad: Had some chances there, shame you couldn't take them. Let's hope for better luck in Eastbourne, Wimbledon and beyond :)

WIMBY
Jun 12th, 2009, 10:07 PM
Mel 3rd match on Court 1 tomorrow, good luck:)

serenus_2k8
Jun 13th, 2009, 08:47 AM
Good luck Mel, its a weak Q draw so go get some points!

Edit: its not weak at all :o The mens is just :help: And the womens is impressive :yeah:

Slutiana
Jun 13th, 2009, 06:27 PM
Well done! 4-6 7-5 6-2. :bowdown: Vaidisova tomorrow. :devil:

Joe.
Jun 13th, 2009, 07:02 PM
tougher then i expected:( but a wins a win:)

gl against nicole:)

Europe rocks
Jun 13th, 2009, 07:55 PM
Pleased she had a tough match - shew some guts out there and the determination she needs for the top 100 :)

Joe.
Jun 13th, 2009, 08:19 PM
if she qualifies. how many matches will she need to win at wimby to get top 100?

serenus_2k8
Jun 13th, 2009, 08:36 PM
She will have 491 points on monday because of her -70 from Bham :( Her 16th best is 10 points too. She would need to qualify here and win a match to be in with a realistic chance. If she could do that, she would have about 560ish going into Wimb, where a win would put her just on the border :shrug:

Obviously she could win more here, more at Wimb or less at both, so its hard to predict, but she has about 340 points to defend for the rest of the year so she could do with winning more matches at bigger events to ease the pressure :shrug:

Europe rocks
Jun 13th, 2009, 08:42 PM
She could do with not drawing Bartoli all the time or drawing seeds at Slams :lol:

Joe.
Jun 13th, 2009, 08:43 PM
yeah. i think she could qualify, but tbh i cant see her beating makarova :( if she did though, she could play another qualifier so she could reach R2

jake270392
Jun 13th, 2009, 08:47 PM
yeah. i think she could qualify, but tbh i cant see her beating makarova :( if she did though, she could play another qualifier so she could reach R2

Shes playing Vaidisova, which will be interesting considering Nicole is on the slump, but u never know she is a dangerous player on grass.

serenus_2k8
Jun 13th, 2009, 08:48 PM
Yeh, it would be pretty awesome if she could qualify and land that spot. Mel feels happier and more confident on this surface than on any other and can see how much pressure her rank is under after not defending Bham points and will want to step it up here, so I feel shes gonna pull the upset personally. Nicole may be a bad mess, or an awesome player again as she used to be. Hard to call til we kno how she is feeling :p

wales1994
Jun 14th, 2009, 03:02 PM
She won 6-3 6-3 :woohoo: :bounce: Keep it going Mel! :D

serenus_2k8
Jun 14th, 2009, 03:06 PM
Awesome win, :drool: Tough FQR match v Vera Dushevina tho

Mforensic
Jun 14th, 2009, 07:25 PM
Nice win for Mel! The fitness is paying off. Take out Dushevina and she is golden!

Europe rocks
Jun 14th, 2009, 08:07 PM
Very tough match against Dushevina, she beat Mauresmo in straight sets a couple of years ago :scared: Go for it Mel!

Mforensic
Jun 15th, 2009, 12:01 PM
Mel lost 6-4 6-2. Mel had her chances in the first set trading breaks, but Dushevina broke her at the right time. First set was very close, but Mel seemed to fade in 2nd set.

coyets
Jun 15th, 2009, 02:26 PM
... Mel seemed to fade in 2nd set.

Surely that does not mean that she is lacking fitness?