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Melanie Oudin

Date of birth : 1991-09-23
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-05-13

Melanie Oudin is an American tennis player and former World Junior No. 2. Her career high rank is World No. 31, which she achieved on April 19, 2010.

CAREER:

Melanie Oudin made headlines by upsetting Jelena Jankovic at Wimbledon in 2009. The Georgia native then became a household name in the U.S. with her quarterfinal run at the 2009 U.S. Open at age 17. She upset Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharapova, and wore yellow and pink Adidas shoes stamped with her trademark word, "Believe." Oudin finished 2009 ranked No. 49.

2010:
At the 2010 Australian Open, Oudin was defeated 6–2, 5–7, 5–7 by Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round.

After rallying from a set and 1–3 down, Oudin defeated Ágnes Szávay to reach her first semifinal of a WTA tour event at the 2010 Open GDF Suez in Paris. She then fell in three sets to World No. 7 Elena Dementieva, in a rematch of the US Open second round. At the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Oudin was the 2nd seed. She lost in the quarterfinals to Sofia Arvidsson. At the 2010 French Open, Oudin made an early exit by losing 2–6, 5–7 to Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round. At Wimbledon, Oudin reached the second round before losing to Jarmila Groth. Oudin reached second round at US Open before losing to Alona Bondarenko 2–6, 5–7.

2011:
In January, Oudin was invited by the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons' Association to play the Hong Kong Tennis Classic with her compatriots Venus Williams and John McEnroe. In the first round of the Australian Open, she lost to Czech Klára Zakopalová in three sets.

Oudin got her first win of the year at the 2011 Open GDF Suez where she beat Vera Dushevina 7–5, 5–7, 6–2. In the second round Oudin lost to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6–4, 7–6(5). Having semi-final points to defend, Oudin's ranking dropped from No. 61 to No. 72. Oudin's next tournament was the Cellular South Cup in Memphis. She won her first round match against Anastasia Pivovarova of Russia 6–4, 6–0. In the second round she faced Russian Evgeniya Rodina, only to lose 6–1, 7–5. Oudin was unable to defend her quarter-final points and therefore saw her ranking fall from No. 72 to No. 81.

PERSONAL:

Coached by Brian de Villiers
Parents are John and Leslie; sisters are Katherine (twin) and Christina
Began playing tennis at age 7 when grandmother introduced her to the sport
Favorite shot is forehand; favorite surface is hard
Favorite tournaments are US Open, Charleston
Favorite TV show is Friends; favorite actor is Mark Wahlberg
Enjoys going to movies, seeing friends and playing cards with grandmother (favorite card game is gin rummy).


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