Saturday, June 27, 2009

Melanie Oudin

Teenage qualifier Melanie Oudin of Marietta, Ga., has advanced to the fourth round in her first Wimbledon by upsetting former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-2. The No. 6-seeded Jankovic struggled with the heat on a sunny, 82-degree Saturday. When the 66-minute first set ended, a trainer and doctor came on court to check Jankovic's pulse and blood pressure.
She rested on a towel while being treated, and after several minutes sat up while ice was applied to her neck and midsection. Play resumed after a 12-minute delay, and Oudin was the steadier player from the baseline the rest of the way. The 17-year-old Oudin had an 0-2 record in Grand Slam matches before making her Wimbledon debut this week.
Just one day after I posted about her becoming the next big American tennis star Melanie Oudin won her sixth straight match in Wimbledon upsetting sixth seeded Jelena Jankovic in a three set battle 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-2. After coming through the qualifying last week, the 17 year old Oudin has played great tennis in the first week of Wimbledon. Today she used her power and variety effectively to upset Jankovic.

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