Francis takes South Australia title!

3rd seed Australian Melody Francis’s (pic) victory in this week’s South Australian Open brought her the 3rd title in 2011. After Francis overcame 2nd seed Siti Munirah Jusoh of Malaysia 11-13, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5, she met Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL). Landers-Murphy came into the final after a 11-5, 12-14, 11-5, 11-6 defeat of Welsh Tesni Evans. In the final Francis came back from one game down to beat Landers-Murphy 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 15-13 after 41 minutes. Francis now heads home to Melbourne for the Victorian Open, which begins on July 10, followed by the Tasmanian, Queensland and NSW Opens, leading into the Australian Open in August.