Re: Melanie Oudin
Exactly. Progress is the key thing here. The more progress she makes, the more tournaments she can enter directly. With her 1R win here, she is projected to be in the top 150 for the first time next week. She has been doing much better recently than other junior stars her age, so I'm encouraged.
I checked, and you're right. Last year she got a WC at Indian Wells and Miami. She won her 1R match at Indian Wells, but lost the 1R at Miami. It would predict that she would take a WC at Indian Wells, since she has points to defend there, and play qualifying at Miami. Save the WC for USopen
Serena Williams ~ Maria Sharapova ~ Venus Williams ~ Jelena Dokic ~ Melanie Oudin ~ Christina McHale
Vandeweghe ~ Mattek-Sands ~ King ~ Hampton ~ Riske ~ Glatch ~ Brengle ~ Rogers ~ Stephens ~ Boserup ~ Davis ~ Keys ~ Lepchenko ~ Falconi ~ Chirico ~ Crawford ~ Gibbs ~ Pegula ~ Min ~ Townsend ~ Duval ~ Vickery ~ Bellis ~ Ahn