Meet Melanie Oudin, an American teenage tennis player who hails from Marietta, Georgia. Read more about this pretty teen plus see photos and video here.
Melanie Oudin is in the news today, as the 17-year-old American upset sixth seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, 6-7 (8-10), 7-5, 6-2.
Of her win, Oudin said:
“I went out there and actually did really well just thinking she was any other player, and it was any other match and I was at any other tournament.”
The match proved problematic for Jelena Jankovic, not only on the court, but off the court as well. She was feeling faint during the match and had to be treated by medical staff on court. Jankovic forged on, after a 12 minute delay, and blamed her period for feeling faint. “It’s not easy being a woman sometimes,” Jancovic said. “All these things happen, and what can I do? I tried my best.”
Oudin’s win leaves herself, Venus and Serena Williams as the only American women left in the fourth round. Not bad for a teenager from Georgia, ranked 124th in the world. Oudin will next meet either Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) or Li Na (China), whose match is scheduled for later Saturday.
As a biography, Melanie Oudin was born on September 23, 1991 in Marietta, Georgia, so her age is 17. She stands 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 130 pounds. Melanie has a twin sister, Katherine. She has been home schooled since she entered the 7th grade so that more time could be spent on the tennis court, and has admittedly envied her sister Katherine’s public school experience.
Melanie started playing tennis when she was 7 years old; she can thank her grandmother for introducing her and her sister to the tennis world.
She started playing on the ITF Circuit in 2006, and in 2007 she won four consecutive tournaments. Her hope of winning a fifth was squashed when Michelle Larcher de Brito beat her in the Orange Bowl.
Melanie turned pro in February 2008. She was a wild card entrant in the WTA tournament in Miami, but lost to Tathiana Garbin in the first round. She reached the quarterfinals of the 2008 Bell Challenge in Quebec City, but was beaten by Bethanie Mattek.
She qualified for the main draw of the 2009 Australian Open but was beaten in the first round by Akgul Amanmuradova 6-1, 6-4.
Melanie’s Wimbledon run thus far saw her defeating Sybille Bammer and Yaroslava Shvedova in the first and second rounds respectively. Her win over Jelena Jankovic is by far the biggest of her career, and she will face the winner of Agnieszka Radwanska or Li Na in the fourth round.
See more photos and video of Melanie Oudin below.
Melanie Oudin Video