Wimbledon qualifying wildcards for Team Bath players

14 June 2012

Team Bath’s Melanie South, fresh from her close encounter with former World No.1 Jelena Jankovic in Birmingham this week, has been awarded a wildcard for the Wimbledon qualifying competition.

South, who took Jankovic to a tie-break second set at the Aegon Edgbaston Classic, before going down 1-6, 6-7, will be joined on a potential journey to the world-famous courts of the All-England Club by Team Bath team-mate Samantha Murray.

The duo will compete next week for a place in the Championships main draw which will be made on Thursday 22nd June with the seeds for the illustrious Championships due to be announced two days before.

Team Bath-MCTA Head Coach Dave Sammel knows that South’s showing against Jankoovic should boost his player’s confidence as Wimbledon approaches.  “Mel has shown that she could compete with the big-named players and should take confidence from the experience”, he said of her Edgbaston performance.

Sam Murray in action at EdgbastonMurray, meanwhile, has joined the Team Bath programme after a spell in America.  She gave a good account of herself at Edgbaston despite a 4-6, 4-6 first-round defeat.  “Sam could not capitalise on an early break and chances come round less at the highest tour level”, said Team Bath Director of Tennis, Barry Scollo.

In a strong week for Team Bath’s tennis women Lisa Whybourn beat world-ranked (138) Claire Feurstein of France in the $50,000 Challenger tourmament in Nottingham.  Whybourn had to save five matchpoints en route to victory 7-6,0-6,7-6.  This result and her appearance in a final in Khazakstan, a week previously, means that Whybourn could move into the World’s top 400 from a previous ranking of 700th.

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