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Old Aug 11th, 2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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Cecilie Melsted - a Danish junior



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Full Name:     Cecilie Lundgaard Melsted
Birth Date:    05 FEB 1995
Residence:     Frederiksberg (Copenhagen), Denmark
Nationality:   Denmark
Plays:         Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)
Best weapon:   Forehand
Club:          KB

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)


Elitecentret ('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).

ITF Junior
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.

Club
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)!

WTA debut
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.

Blog: http://www.tennissporten.dk/pages/da...ie-melsted.php

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ceciliemelsted

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Old Aug 11th, 2010, 10:42 AM   #2
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Re: Cecilie Melsted

Cecilie Melsted's Danish Championship titles:

Singles
2009 - U14, indoors
2009 - U14, outdoors
2010 - U16, indoors
2010 - U16, outdoors

Doubles
2007 - U12, outdoors (with Sofie Flader)
2008 - U14, indoors (with Emilie Elsvad)
2008 - U14, outdoors (with Emilie Elsvad)
2009 - U14, indoors (with Sofie Flader)
2009 - U14, outdoors (with Sofie Flader)
2010 - U16, indoors (with Amanda A. Wessung)
2010 - U16, outdoors (with Amanda A. Wessung)

Mixed doubles
2007 - U12, outdoors (with Frederik N. Sauer)
2010 - U16, outdoors (with Mikael Torpegaard)

I'm sure Melsted also has some Club Championship titles, and she must have quite a lot of Silver and Bronze medals as well.



Cecilie Melsted became a triple champion at the Danish U16 championships in July 2010 winning all three events (singles, doubles and mixed doubles)! Emilie Elsvad (2) and Amanda Arildsen Wessung (3) - both born 1994 - are good, and probably the best players of the years 1994-1995 besides Melsted, but they're still a notch or two behind Melsted even if they're a year older.

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Old Aug 11th, 2010, 10:42 AM   #3
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Re: Cecilie Melsted

Cecilie Melsted's 2010 schedule (ITF junior tournaments):

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23 Aug - 28 Aug   Heiveld Graydon Junior Outdoor Open                  (BEL)  G4
04 Oct - 09 Oct   Oslo ITF Indoors 2010                                (NED)  G5
26 Oct - 30 Oct   ITF 4 Almere Autumn Indoor 2010                      (NED)  G4
22 Nov - 27 Nov   Yucatan World Cup 2010                               (MEX)  G1
29 Nov - 05 Dec   Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships (USA)  G1
06 Dec - 13 Dec   Dunlop Orange Bowl                                   (USA)  GA
Melsted will also play some Danish tournaments, Junior club matches etc. See full schedule here:
http://www.dtftennis.dk/Sektioner/El...ruppe%202.aspx

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Old Aug 11th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #4
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Re: Cecilie Melsted

Excellent introduction. Cecilie is for sure the Danish girl player to watch after first Karen and now also Mai moved into senior tennis. There are also some younger girls coming up but they still need to prove themselves on the junior ITF circuit. Cecilie has actually improved her ITF ranking in 2010 from #900 to #375 and even though she just recently started playing these tournaments. She has made points in most of her tournament which is quite unusual for such a young player. It will be interesting to see how she performs in the G2 and G1 tournaments now that she has the ranking to enter.
Her weapon is for sure the forhand that she hits hard and with a lot of topspin. She is also strong even though she is not that tall. She need still needs to improve most of her game but I am sure her coaches are working on this.
This week she plays the Danish National Championship in Kolding. She is seeded 2 in absence of Karen, Mai and Malou and she has a good chance of making it to the final (against Hanne Skak for sure).
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Old Aug 12th, 2010, 02:34 PM   #5
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Re: Cecilie Melsted

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She is also strong even though she is not that tall.
You are right, she's not very tall. She can still grow an inch or two but she will probably never be a really tall girl (or woman). Yet she seems so strong and powerful! Really robust, as we would say in Denmark (I'm not sure if the word robust implies the same things in English).


Cecilie Melsted is in the semi final at the Danish Championships:

1R: Cecilie Melsted def. Anna Riisgaard (Silkeborg, b. 1995) 6-1 6-1
2R: def. Cindie Andersen (Esbjerg, b. 1989) 6-2 6-4
QF: Cecilie Melsted def. Anna Signe Rasmussen (Birkerød, b. 1994) 6-4 6-3

Cecilie's opponent in the SF will be Amanda Arildsen Wessung (Hørsholm-Rungsted, b. 1994), bronze winner at the U16 Championships (won by Melsted). The youngsters are really dominating the championships (although Hanne Skak Jensen is still there, of course), but more about that in the junior thread...
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Melsted won her SF at the Danish championships and is in the Final! Well done!

SF: Cecilie Melsted def. Amanda Arildsen Wessung 7-5 6-3

She will face (1)Hanne Skak Jensen in the final. Hanne Skak Jensen defeated the 14 year old talent Martine Ditlev 6-2 6-1 in the other SF. Well done by Martine to go so far even if some players were missed at the championships (Barbat, Grage, Ejdesgaard)!

Cecilie Melsted is also in the doubles final (with KB teammate Hanne Skak as a partner).
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Final: Hanne Skak Jensen def. Cecilie Melsted 6-1 6-0

Expected win by Hanne although I had expected Melsted to win a few more games (she usually wins 5 games or so vs. Skak Jensen). But silver at the Danish senior Championships is still a great result! Doubles final will be played this afternoon.

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Re: Cecilie Melsted - a 15 year old Danish junior

Cecilie won the doubles final - her first senior Danish championship title! Congratulations!

Danish Championships, doubles, final:
Cecilie Melsted/Hanne Skak Jensen def. Catrine Bjerrehus/Diane Filip 6-3 6-4



There was a short clip about Cecilie Melsted in TV2 yesterday. Hanne Skak praised Melsted's big forehand but also said, that there's still a long way to go for the youngster. TV2 are always making silly comparisons with Wozniacki whenever a Danish junior is on the court but Melsted seemed rather modest (which I like, since she has no reason to be!). The clip can be seen here:
http://video.tv2.dk/index.php/id-32880454.html
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Thanks for all the information ... Cecilie is definitely one to watch!
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Re: Cecilie Melsted - a 15 year old Danish junior

Looks like Cecilie has received a WC for a 10k in Wahlstedt in Germany this week. I found this on the tournament webpage:

Die vier Wildcards für das Hauptfeld des Future 2010 sind vergeben. Über einen Startplatz im Hauptfeld dürfen sich die Wahlstedterinnen Inna Kuzmenko und Katharina Holert freuen. Eine weitere Wildcard bekommt die dänische Nationalspielerin Cecilie Melstedt. Die Vergabe dieser Wildcard resultiert aus einer Kooperation von Tennis Wahlstedt und dem Dänischen Tennisverband. Die vierte Wildcard wurde vom Deutschen Tennis Bund (DTB) durch die Fed Cup-Chefin Barbara Rittner an die 15-jährige Majlena Pedersen (Braunschweiger THC) vergeben.

Interesting to see how Cecilie performs on this level. Hopefully she avoids Karen Barbat in 1R who is also in the MD entry list
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Re: Cecilie Melsted - a 15 year old Danish junior

Great news! She's still a bit young, I think, but it will probably be a great experience. Good luck!

Cecilie also has a blog update (doesn't happen very often):
http://www.tennissporten.dk/pages/po...-kval-3285.php

A brief summary: Cecilie enjoyed playing the Danish junior championships in July - winning three titles!

Then she was in Moscow and London playing European Championships (individual and team championships). With less succes though.

Back from London Cecilie suddenly got a wild card for the WTA tournament in Copenhagen. She said yes to the wild card, of course, but she hadn't played on hard court for some while. They got hold of the coach Bjørn Hilberg (once a coach for Na Li) to help Cecilie just before her match Saturday afternoon. Cecilie says she played quite well and had some chances to win more games in the match but Stephanie Foretz didn't give anything away. It was great to play WTA, says Cecilie, and she's grateful she got this opportunity! She will train hard to be able to play more such events.
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Re: Cecilie Melsted - a 15 year old Danish junior

$10,000 Wahlstedt, Germany (clay), singles:

1R: (wc)Cecilie Melsted vs. (8)Aminat Kushkhova (RUS)

Kushkova will be a difficult opponent. She's just 17 but is ranked 691 on WTA and seeded 8 in Wahlstedt. She has played a lot of ITF tournaments in Russia (at least 10 tournaments of 25K or more so far in 2010) and has some experience in spite of her young age.

The match will be played Tuesday 12:00.

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Go Cecilie!
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(8)Aminat Kushkhova (RUS) def. (wc)Cecilie Melsted 6-3 6-1

Expected win for the Russian but probably an OK performance from Melsted. This was Cecilie's first MD match ever - and only her second pro match (WTA Copenhagen quali being the first). Good luck in the future!
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