Melanie Oudin. Quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. It’s been dubbed the Cinderella story of this year’s Open, and for the 17-year-old teen from Marietta, Georgia, hopefully she’ll get the happy ending. Read more about this amazing story here.
Melanie Oudin’s quarterfinals U.S. Open run saw the blonde teen beat four Russians along the way – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Elena Dementieva, Maria Sharapova and on Monday, Nadia Petrova.
Oudin lost the first set to Petrova, but rallied back and went on to win 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3. It was certainly a great match to watch, and you could see that the crowd was behind her throughout, with the camera panning to Oudin’s family several times (mostly focusing on Melanie’s twin, Katherine), all of them beaming with pride. Oudin said:
“The crowd really supported me through for that game. And once I got to 4-all, if it was going to be tight and close, and I had been in that situation before in earlier matches, so I thought I had a good chance.”
On Monday, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat the last Russian left in contention, Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3). Oudin and Wozniacki will meet in the quarterfinals; the two have never played each other before. Wozniacki, a fellow teen herself at 19 years of age, knows that even though she is ranked in the Top 20, the momentum is with Oudin. She acknowledged, “Hopefully, someone from the crowd will cheer for me.”
I am rooting for Melanie to take it all! Might we see an Oudin/Williams final? You can see video of Melanie talk about her win over Nadia Petrova and advancing to the quarterfinals below.
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