Oudin Continues Defying Odds at US Open

September 8, 2009 by Jeanne Dupuis  
Filed under Tennis

The Cinderella story continues for 17-year-old American, Melanie Oudin, who has advanced to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal ever.  I’ve been cheering for her ever since she knocked out Elena Dementieva (she also dismissed Maria Sharapova) but I doubted her ability to make it this far – I love it when an athlete proves me wrong!

This 70th-ranked teen took out 13th-seeded Nadia Petrova 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 with a tremendous amount of determination and guts.  She looked a little shaky at first but she fought her way to the victory.  “I don’t actually mean to lose the first set. I just I sometimes just start off slowly, I guess,” Oudin said. “Maybe I’m a little nervous and all this stuff. But today my timing just wasn’t there in the first. My mindset going into the second was different. I totally forgot about the first. I was like, ‘All right. This is a new set. I’m going to start differently and forget about the first one and just start off like it’s a new match,’ and I started playing better.”

TENNIS 2009 - US Open - Day Eight

image: Zuma Press

I know that some people have said that they’ve been turned off by her little celebrations when she earns a point but give the kid a break.  This has got to be surreal to her.

Fittingly, Oudin will face Caroline Wozniacki who will also be competing in a Grand Slam for the first time after eliminating Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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