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Mel's run ends at the Quarters!!!

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by kuzfan (U9011667) 09 June 2008
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Unfortunately for Mel, she has been beaten 4-6 3-6 by Wickmayer. Despite this result, I think we can all conclude that it has been a great week for South winning 3 matches and beating 2 top 100 players in Bammer and Nakamura. I believe that will put Mel into 137th place approx in the rankings. It will certainly be her highest ranking.

After watching her play today, I believe I can draw some conclusions. Firstly, she certainly has the game to make top 100 as she hits the ball big and plays some great shots. However her movement is pretty bad and I'm sure this has been her achilles heel through her tennis career. Despite this, she can still continue to move up the rankings and as Sharapova has shown, you don't need to be a great mover to be successful in the game. Mel has a solid serve and can volley as well, which is in her favour. However, the main point which will determine her move up the rankings is her consistency. She has the shots and in the 1st set she won 4 straight games with some great shots but she couldn't maintain her level. If she can become more consistent, the top 100 is easily within reach.

Onto next week in Eastbourne and hopefully the British girls can win some more matches. For Mel, she needs to build on her perfomance this week and back it up on the ITF circuit after Wimbledon is over. By this time next year hopefully she will be able to get into Birmingham without a wild card.

WELL DONE MEL ON A GREAT WEEK!!!

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posted Jun 13, 2008

It is a good chance for South but Wickmayer will still be the favourite, although not a huge one. Whatever happens now this has been a really good week for Mel, and lets hope she can build on these good results.

Does anyone know what her ranking will be next week, win or lose against Wickmayer? Is she much closer to the top 100?

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posted Jun 13, 2008

Melanie South gets only 35 points for reaching the quarters of this tier IV tournament. If you win in the first round at a Grand Slam you get 60 points (only applicable for the women ranking).
Now I understand why LTA gives many wildcards at Wimbledon for their players.
BTW: For reaching the semis Mel would earn 65 points, reaching the final 100 points and winning 140 points

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posted Jun 13, 2008

Well it's better than zero. I was glad to read she'd done a lot of fitness work as lack of speed was definitely her major weakness last year.

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jun 13, 2008

Melanie South will move from her present No154 to 137 in wta listings should she proceed no further, which will be her highest ever ranking.
To 125 should Mel make semis.<applause>
Position 105 should she make final.<bubbly>
And 22 year old Melanie would enter the top 100 for the first time at 92 should she win the title. <jester>
All positions approximate (but VERY close). <ok>
<goodluck> Go Mel go!!! <goodluck>

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comment by kuzfan (U9011667)

posted Jun 13, 2008

basilia, you do know that the tournament is a tier 3 tournament and not a tier 4 tournament. Are they the points for a tier 111 or tier 1V tournament.

Hopefully Mel can keep going further. The further she goes the easier it will be for her to get into tier 1V tournaments and she will also be ranked more often in ITF tournaments which will make her life easier in going far into the ITF tournaments.

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posted Jun 13, 2008

Sorry for my error, but the points are correct for a tier 111(three) tournament. For a tier IV you get only 115 points for a win.

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comment by kuzfan (U9011667)

posted Jun 13, 2008

Does anyone know whether Mel has a wild card at Eastbourne next week?

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comment by C2 (U9956155)

posted Jun 13, 2008

It's regrettable, and it would have been very uplifting for Mel to have at least made the semis.
The tournament still has great interest for me to ascertain how the superb Bondarenko's proceed (sadly, Nicole Vaidisova <rose> has just exited <cry>).
All the participants, would love to have a title victory fillip just before Wimby.

I thought your unnecessary attack on the magnificent Maria Sharapova, included in your resume of Mel's contribution, was uncalled for kuzfan.
Maria's a very sensitive young woman and will be noting such early evaluations, which of course will grow and grow as 'the tournament' approaches.
Pray Maria does not meet YOUR favourite, all of these critiques will be taken into account to supply Maria with even more 'fire in her belly', should that be possible, to consummately dispose of any pretenders to her rightful world #1 position.<magic>

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comment by kuzfan (U9011667)

posted Jun 13, 2008

consou2, if you read what I said, all it says is that Sharapova is not the greatest of movers. You can hardly deny that. Masha has great shots and is consistent hard hitter which makes her the BEST player in the world at the moment - Yes, I believe she is better than Ivanovic!!!

I was simply demonstrating that despite the fact that Mel is not a great mover, she can still make it to the top 100 if she becomes more consistent in her groundstrokes.

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posted Jun 15, 2008

Mel is playing at Eastbourne, unfortunately she is playing Sam Stosur in the first round I think.

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