Melanie Oudin Rallies Past Nadia Petrova, Reaches U.S. Open Quarterfinals!!

Melanie Oudin Rallies Past Nadia Petrova, Reaches U.S. Open Quarterfinals!

It has been an amazing summer for seventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin, who hasn’t quite finished growing up but who’s in the midst of a life-changing season of big emotions and pulling off very big upsets.  Melanie is still very much a teenager from Marietta, Ga., enjoying the trip of her life in the Big Apple, playing foosball in the players’ lounge and using words like “amazing” and “cool” as she works her dizzying way through the draw at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows.  Despite standing just 5 feet 6 inches, she’s standing tall at her country’s most important tennis tournament.  Last Saturday, she knocked off three-time Grand Slam Champion and former No. 1 Maria Sharapova 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the U.S. Open’s fourth round.

With her upset win over Russia’s Nadia Petrova on Monday, Melanie’s surprising and inspiring run through the draw has taken her all the way to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.  The 13th-seeded Petrova looked as though she might actually write a sad ending to Oudin’s U.S. Open fairy tale when she ripped through the first set in 31 minutes, reeling off six games in a row.  But Oudin stayed true to her September form by calming down, extending the rallies, developing a deeper understanding of Petrova’s serve and giving herself and her fast-growing public what they both craved by prevailing, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3.

Melanie Oudin Rallies Past Nadia Petrova, Reaches U.S. Open Quarterfinals!

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One Response to “Melanie Oudin Rallies Past Nadia Petrova, Reaches U.S. Open Quarterfinals!!”

  1. Lisa Stone Says:

    Congratulations to Melanie, she is doing great!


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