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simonsaystennis
Jan 16th, 2009, 03:36 PM
I think it's about time that Mel got her own thread. She's playing her way through the Australian Open Qualifying rounds right now. She is into the final rounds with a 7-5 7-5 win yesterday over Catalina Castano.

simonsaystennis
Jan 17th, 2009, 11:39 AM
Melanie has qualified for her first main draw!! She defeated Wienerova 6-1 6-2/

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 17th, 2009, 01:39 PM
Melanie has qualified for her first main draw!! She defeated Wienerova 6-1 6-2/

Very nicely done Mel! She was the only US girl to make it through the q draw :worship:.

Amalgamate
Jan 17th, 2009, 10:14 PM
Mel :banana: Win that first round :armed:

simonsaystennis
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:12 PM
Melanie is in action today on court 7 Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan. Good luck Melanie!

simonsaystennis
Jan 20th, 2009, 10:18 AM
:hug: Melanie lost her first round match 1-6 4-6.
It was a good tournament for Mel, even if she didn't win a first round. She a nice bit of ranking points and hopefully good experience for the '09 season.

OZTENNIS
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:12 AM
Good to see that she qualified for the main draw :)
Hope she can play consistently at this level throughout the year and end it in the top 100

simonsaystennis
Jan 24th, 2009, 09:28 PM
Melanie is next in action at a 75k tournament in Midland, Michigan.

hellas719
Jan 24th, 2009, 10:17 PM
rumor is that Fernandez nominated her for FC. Is this true?

simonsaystennis
Jan 27th, 2009, 02:21 AM
rumor is that Fernandez nominated her for FC. Is this true?

Yes it is true! Melanie will be representing the USA. :D :worship:

simonsaystennis
Feb 4th, 2009, 01:14 AM
Melanie is next in action at a 75k tournament in Midland, Michigan.


Mel pulled out of this tournament so she can play Fed Cup! I think Fed Cup will be a great experience for her. Good luck Mel!

simonsaystennis
Feb 7th, 2009, 09:23 PM
Melanie lost her first Fed Cup match against Gisela Dulko. Score was 6-2 7-5.

simonsaystennis
Feb 9th, 2009, 12:32 AM
USA! USA!! Melanie won her match today against Betina Jozami! The score was 2-6 6-1 6-2! This was a tremendous under pressure win, seeing as if she would have lost, then the USA would have lost the tie. Congrats Melanie and the Fed Cup team, who ended up winning the Fed Cup tie 3-2!!! :D

Uranium
Feb 9th, 2009, 01:03 AM
I saw her at the USO last year lose to Moore(:help:) She had a good forehand then(and still does), but she sliced her backhand a lot. Today, she showed she improved a lot hitting winners with her backhand and moving to drop shots well after a while. I am a new fan:p

CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 9th, 2009, 02:26 AM
Nice win today MEL! :D:bounce:

hellas719
Feb 9th, 2009, 02:52 AM
mel :worship:

simonsaystennis
Feb 11th, 2009, 07:33 PM
Melanie has entered the Qualifying for the Cellular South Cup in Memphis next week.

simonsaystennis
Feb 13th, 2009, 10:28 PM
Correction: Melanie got a Main Draw wild card at the Cellular South Cup in Memphis. She is facing Fed Cup teammate Jill Craybas in the first round.

Uranium
Feb 14th, 2009, 12:09 AM
Correction: Melanie got a Main Draw wild card at the Cellular South Cup in Memphis. She is facing Fed Cup teammate Julie Ditty in the first round.

Jill Craybas;)
She could play Julie in R2 if they both win:p

CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 14th, 2009, 01:24 AM
Correction: Melanie got a Main Draw wild card at the Cellular South Cup in Memphis. She is facing Fed Cup teammate Julie Ditty in the first round.


Great news! :yeah: Its just to bad that she has to play Jilly :p.

Good Luck MEL! :bounce:

simonsaystennis
Feb 14th, 2009, 01:55 AM
Ooops!! Thanks for spotting that. For some reason I always get these two confused.

Yeah, it kind of bums me out she has to play Jill, since they both had such a good experience together with Fed Cup. I hope Mel beats her though. :)

hellas719
Feb 14th, 2009, 02:24 AM
GL Mel!

simonsaystennis
Feb 15th, 2009, 11:11 PM
Mel overcame Jill 6-3 4-6 6-4 in the first round of Memphis. :bounce:

hellas719
Feb 15th, 2009, 11:18 PM
Melanie:woohoo:

hellas719
Feb 17th, 2009, 03:58 PM
Melanie is currently playing against (5)Erakovic in the second round, and Mel just took the first set 6-4:woohoo:
Go Mel!!!!!

hellas719
Feb 17th, 2009, 06:54 PM
Mel lost in 3 :o

simonsaystennis
Feb 17th, 2009, 07:13 PM
:o
Tough loss. I was looking on the stats and her percentages of points won on serves in the second set were atrocious. Third set was close though. She had some chances to break but just couldn't convert.

I am not 100% sure, but I would think that Mel would get a main draw wild card into Miami or Indian Wells. I believe she got a wild card into Miami last year.

hammerhead
Feb 17th, 2009, 07:41 PM
Nice tourney, Melanie. Making progress.

ps, I'm pretty sure she got an Indian Wells Main Draw WC last year. She only gets 3 all year so she will want to use them wisely. I'm sure she wants to save one for US Open.

simonsaystennis
Feb 17th, 2009, 10:50 PM
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

hammerhead
Feb 21st, 2009, 07:33 PM
Anybody know why Mel pulled out of both Acapulco and Monterrey ? :sad:

simonsaystennis
Feb 21st, 2009, 07:58 PM
Oh no! :sad: I didn't know she was even playing those two. Hopefully she is ok and didn't get injured in her last match. Maybe she decided to take a break and train before IW and Miami?

Harju.
Feb 27th, 2009, 05:11 AM
Found an article on Oudin

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Oudin a welcome addition for U.S. tennis
By Greg Garber
ESPN.com

http://sports.espn.go.com/photo/2009/0224/ten_a_oudin2_576.jpgMelanie Oudin's Fed Cup win was a glimpse of her heart and determination.

For a few perilous hours earlier this month, the fate of the United States' Fed Cup team rested on the racket of a 17-year-old.

Trailing Argentina 1-2, the U.S. needed a victory from Melanie Oudin (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=917) over Betina Jozami (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=1207) to stay alive in a first-round tie in Surprise, Ariz. Oudin's thirtysomething teammates -- Jill Craybas (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=340) (34), Liezel Huber (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=494) (32) and Julie Ditty (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=637) (30) -- could do nothing to help her.

"I'm thinking, 'If I lose, the United States loses,'" Oudin said Monday from her home in Marietta, Ga. "Basically, it's up to me, and that's a lot of pressure."

Oudin (pronounced oo-DAN) played the first set like someone feeling that overwhelming pressure of the moment, winning only two of eight games. But then a funny thing happened. Actually, Oudin happened.

"I kept telling myself after that first set that this was just another match, another match against another girl," Oudin said. "The less I thought about the circumstances, the better I played."

Oudin blasted Jozami off the court in the last two sets, 6-1, 6-2, to even the tie at 2-all. And then Huber and Ditty prevailed in doubles to send the U.S. to the semifinals against the Czech Republic in April.

"I had an idea she'd come through in that match," said Mary Joe Fernandez, the U.S. team captain. "When she lost her [first] match to [Gisela] Dulko (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=342), she got really upset. She wasn't expected to win, but immediately afterward she said, 'I'd like to go hit some balls to get ready for tomorrow.' That kind of determination is good to see from a young player."

How did it all come down to Oudin, who turned professional only a year ago? For a decade, women's tennis in America has been largely about Serena and Venus Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=403). They have won 17 majors between them and are ranked No. 1 (Serena) and No. 5 (Venus) in the world. In recent years they often were joined by Lindsay Davenport (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=400) and Jennifer Capriati in the top 10, but those players have drifted from the scene. It might seem difficult to believe, but only two other U.S. women are ranked among the top 100. Can you name them?

The answers: Bethanie Mattek (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=497)-Sands, at No. 38, and the No. 89-ranked Craybas. That's it. Only two women under the age of 20 are among America's top 10 players -- 19-year-old Alexa Glatch (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=1030) (ranked No. 139 in the world) and Oudin (No. 145).

When the Williams sisters declined Fernandez's invitation to play the Fed Cup, she turned to Mattek-Sands, who was forced to pass when she was injured. Fernandez worked her way down the depth chart and followed Oudin's qualifying matches at the Australian Open -- she won all three to reach the main draw.

"I was impressed with her attitude, so positive," Fernandez said. "At 17, she's really young by today's standards, but she exhibits a lot of maturity. You couldn't tell by her body language whether she was winning or losing. That's unusual for someone that age."

After talking it over with USTA coaches, Fernandez selected Oudin as the No. 2 singles player behind Craybas.

"I was the only American who qualified at the Australian Open," Oudin said. "But I was still shocked when I got the e-mail."

And whom did Oudin have to play two weeks later in the first round at Memphis? Fed Cup teammate Craybas.

"We gave each other a hug the first time we saw each other," Oudin said. "It was totally fine. We were cool."

Until Oudin beat Craybas in three sets. It was her best win of the year and recalled her surprise victory over No. 26 Sybille Bammer (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=188) in November in Quebec, where she reached the quarterfinals before losing to Mattek-Sands.

http://sports.espn.go.com/photo/2009/0224/ten_a_oudin3_200.jpg
At 5-foot-5, Melanie Oudin's tennis acumen and accuracy offset her diminutive stature.

Oudin turned professional in February 2008, but as a 16-year-old was permitted to play only 13 professional events last season. She chose to play in the junior draw of the four Grand Slam events and reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and was the No. 1 seed at Wimbledon.

This year, her first full-time season on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, Oudin is restricted to 17 events, so she has done some creative scheduling. The Fed Cup doesn't count toward the total; neither do majors if she qualifies her way into the main draw, as she did in Australia. She requested a wild card into the upcoming tournament in Indian Wells and will attempt to qualify in Miami. She'll go through qualifying at Roland Garros and Wimbledon with the goal of lifting her ranking into the top 100 in time to gain direct admission into the U.S. Open's main draw. A year from now, she'd like to be in the top 50.

Ask her whose game she identifies with, and Oudin quickly offers her idol, Justine Henin (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=398). Oudin, like Henin, is about 5-foot-5 and survives on intelligence in a world of bigger, stronger women.

"She knows how to win, how to compete really well, but she's not that big," Fernandez said. "Once she gets hold of a point, she pretty much knows what to do, but I'd like to see her develop a better serve."

Said Oudin, "That's probably the biggest thing. I'm never going to have a lot of aces, but I can improve my placement and percentages. I'd also like to make my backhand more of a weapon. My forehand is definitely my strength."

Oudin spent 2008 working with Brian de Villiers but is now coached by Grant Stafford, a former top-100 player from South Africa.

She understands that, despite her age, there is a sense of urgency.

"Last year was a learning year for me," Oudin said. "This is the year I need to make my move. I know that. This is the year I need to do something, make a name for myself.

"I know there are so many things in my game that I can improve. I'm looking forward to the places I can go."

Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=3930092&type=story

simonsaystennis
Feb 27th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Great article!! :D Thanks for posting. It showcased Melanie well and also the poor state of American tennis.
I'm sure she'll get a wild card to Indian Wells.

hellas719
Mar 1st, 2009, 11:36 PM
Down this week from 145 to 153:sad:

simonsaystennis
Mar 2nd, 2009, 07:04 PM
I think her points from last year's Ft. Walton Beach final came off this week. Don't worry, she'll move back up soon. :D I hope she gets a kind draw at Indian Wells so she can defend those points. Her ranking might take a hit if she doesn't.

Consigliere
Mar 4th, 2009, 08:41 AM
Anybody know where I can find some highlights of that Fed Cup tie with Ouds playing?

Also it's funny coz she kinda looks like Henin a bit.

hammerhead
Mar 4th, 2009, 12:13 PM
Anybody know where I can find some highlights of that Fed Cup tie with Ouds playing?

Also it's funny coz she kinda looks like Henin a bit.

It was on Tennis Channel in US so maybe look for reruns or something there. (Trust me, you don't want to watch it, I did and I got very depressed, it was some pretty atrocious tennis :rolleyes::help:)

simonsaystennis
Mar 7th, 2009, 02:42 AM
Melanie got a wild card into the Indian Wells Main Draw!!! :D

hellas719
Mar 7th, 2009, 02:55 AM
Mel:D

Consigliere
Mar 9th, 2009, 05:28 PM
cmon american tennis fans, if a young player of ouds' potential was from some other countries this thread would be at page 72 by now.

FIRE UP!!!!!!

http://www.landinst.com/combustion/products/combustion/images/Exploding-Mill.jpg

hellas719
Mar 9th, 2009, 07:40 PM
^Yes, but she was talked about in a junior thread a lot;)
Look at threads for Kanepi, Meusburger, Bammer, Czink, etc. There's barely any posts. Bammer is the most shocking, as she's very well known.

hellas719
Mar 9th, 2009, 09:45 PM
Mel plays against Lucie Safarova in R128 in Indian Wells. Go Mel!

simonsaystennis
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:25 AM
Tough first round match. She will need to bring her A game. Good luck Mel! :D

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 10th, 2009, 12:30 AM
Good luck against Lucie, Mel! :bounce:

hammerhead
Mar 10th, 2009, 01:47 PM
Good luck, Melanie. :)

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 10:59 PM
Melanie's match is starting!! I will do game by game updates throughout the match. :)

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:03 PM
1-0 Pretty easy hold! :D

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:13 PM
1-1
Two wasted break points for Mel. :( Also she was 4/10 of second serve returns won. She needs to step that up.

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:20 PM
2-1
Mel saves two break points!

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:25 PM
2-2
generally easy hold for Safarova.

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:28 PM
2-3
Safarova takes advantage of her second break point that game.

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:33 PM
2-4

Melanie is getting killed on second serves. She has won 33% of points where she had to return a second serve. :o

hellas719
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:37 PM
Fight, Mel!:bounce:

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:40 PM
3-4
Mel saves a couple more break points. :D She needs to step up the return game...

hellas719
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:44 PM
Mel:cool:

hellas719
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:44 PM
5-3 Lucie:mad:

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:46 PM
3-5 :(

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:48 PM
First set Safarova 6-3. :(

These stats are atrocious on her return game. 33% on second serve, when Lucie is only 34% on first serve. She should be doing much better on returns. Hope she regroups for the next set.

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:52 PM
0-1
Another easy Safarova hold. :(

simonsaystennis
Mar 12th, 2009, 11:55 PM
Safarova breaks. :( 0-2

simonsaystennis
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:00 AM
0-3

simonsaystennis
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:06 AM
0-4

simonsaystennis
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:10 AM
0-5... 4 wasted BPs... :o

simonsaystennis
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:17 AM
Mel finally holds!!! 1-5

simonsaystennis
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:20 AM
Melanie lost. :sad: 3-6 1-6

hellas719
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:20 AM
3-6 1-6:o
I was expecting a much better result:shrug::(

hammerhead
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:38 AM
Bummer :(...now her ranking is going to drop down to around 180 or so...maybe she'll do something in Miami :)

Consigliere
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:50 AM
Oudin Injects Optimism Into American Women’s Tennis

Erik S. Lesser for The New York Times

Published: March 10, 2009

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/03/10/sports/11tennis_600.JPG
Melanie Oudin has helped the United States advance to the Fed Cup semifinals against the Czech Republic.

The United States Fed Cup captain, Mary Joe Fernandez, was watching a match at the Australian Open in January when her 7-year-old daughter said of one competitor, “Mommy, she is so positive.”

“You’re right,” replied Fernandez, who returned home and promptly sent an e-mail message to the obscure player, Melanie Oudin, to join the American team for its quarterfinal series against Argentina in February.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Oudin, 17, who had turned professional a year earlier.

Oudin’s Fed Cup story got better when she was surprisingly selected to play singles. In her first match, she pushed Argentina’s top player, Gisela Dulko, before losing by 6-2, 7-5. In her second match, she charged from a set down against Argentina’s No. 2 Betina Jozami in a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory that tied the best-of-five competition at 2-2. The American team went on to win, 3-2, and advanced to the semifinals against the Czech Republic on April 25-26.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/03/11/sports/11tennis2_650b.jpg
Melanie Oudin, 17, on the yoga mat. She turned professional last year.

Positive could be the word-association test answer to Oudin, who will step back on the court this week after she was granted a wild-card invitation to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

“You can’t tell if she’s winning or losing” by her facial expression or body language, Fernandez said. “Even when she’s down, she looks like she is up.”

At 5 feet 5 inches and forever looking up at her peers, Oudin (pronounced ooo-DAN) says she wishes she were taller “every single day.” She says she tries to fashion her game after that of the similarly diminutive Justine Henin.

“I can’t expect to get aces like those 6-foot Russians do all the time,” said Oudin, whose prematch ritual includes visualizing points that she never loses. “But I’m quick, so it kind of evens out.”

She was quick, too, in deciding on a career path. While watching a Wimbledon broadcast at age 9, Oudin turned to her mother and said, “I’m going to be on those courts by the time I’m 16.” And, she was, participating in the junior tournaments at Wimbledon and at the United States Open last year.

Oudin’s game took a quantum leap in seventh grade, when she began home-schooling. The flexible schedule allowed her to double her practice time to four hours on weekdays. But it also has deprived her of attending homecomings and school dances, something she said she envied about her fraternal twin, Katherine. Then she reminded herself that, “a lot of people would like to be in my shoes.”

Oudin was barely out of children’s sizes when, against the grain, she became a professional. Since the WTA implemented age eligibility rules that cap the number of tournaments teenagers can enter each year, the average age of WTA rookies has risen.

“It’s been her goal since she was 9,” said her mother, Leslie Oudin.

After Melanie conquered the junior circuit, her mother agreed to let her turn pro if she promised to eventually attend college.

“It’s my job now,” Oudin said of tennis. “This is a business.”

As the boss, she makes the tough decisions, like replacing her lifelong coach last month.

“I’m not good with hurting people’s feelings,” she said. “I just didn’t think the old coach could bring me to the next level. I need someone who’s been there.”

Grant Stafford, a former touring pro from South Africa, coaches Oudin six days a week, blending light banter and encouragement with rigorous training. A little more than an hour into one session, Oudin said with a gasp, “I feel like I’ve been on the court forever.”

When Oudin frowned at some gentle criticism, Stafford told her: “Remember, when I say something needs work, that doesn’t mean it is bad. You can be very critical of yourself.”

Except in the Oudin household in Atlanta, where her two sisters regularly beat her in matches — in the virtual world of Nintendo Wii tennis — critics of Melanie’s game are difficult to find.

“Her attitude on the court is fantastic, as good as I’ve seen,” said Ola Malmqvist, the director of women’s tennis development for the United States Tennis Association. “She never stops fighting. The way she goes about it, she will get the best out of her ability.”

Fernandez said she was struck by Oudin’s demeanor after her Fed Cup loss to Dulko

“She was really upset,” Fernandez said. “Sometimes, you don’t see that with young players. She wasn’t content with losing.”

Oudin is not assured a place on the Fed Cup team against the Czech Republic; her inclusion will hinge on whether Venus and Serena Williams, who declined an invitation to the quarterfinals because of scheduling conflicts, participate. If they opt in, Oudin will be out.

Oudin said she was O.K. with that. There will be more Fed Cups, more tournaments, more drop-to-the-knees victory poses.

About that, she is positive.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/11/sports/tennis/11tennis.html?ref=tennis

hellas719
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:56 AM
^Thanks:)
I really enjoyed reading it.

frogger
Mar 13th, 2009, 02:26 AM
Great. Now we have a seven year old choosing our fed cup team :o

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 13th, 2009, 03:09 AM
Great. Now we have a seven year old choosing our fed cup team :o


She seems to be doing a better job than Zina :lol: :angel:

hammerhead
Mar 13th, 2009, 12:51 PM
She seems to be doing a better job than Zina :lol: :angel:

It's all relative. :lol::lol:

simonsaystennis
Mar 13th, 2009, 09:41 PM
Thanks for posting that article!
I got some info on Lucie, since I didn't know much, and she sounds like a player that would be very tricky for an inexperienced player.
I hope Mel does well at Miami. :D
After Miami I want her to play some ITFs. I think she can rack up some points by playing a few of those.

hellas719
Mar 23rd, 2009, 07:30 PM
mel vs. hantuchova r1 miami:scared:

simonsaystennis
Mar 23rd, 2009, 09:34 PM
Even tougher round one draw than Indian Wells. Hopefully Hantuchova is having an off day, which is very possible. Mel just needs to go for broke. She definitely has Hantuchova beat in the positive attitude/mental toughness category.

Srodgers
Mar 23rd, 2009, 09:51 PM
Come on Mel!

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 23rd, 2009, 10:03 PM
Good Luck MEL! :bounce:

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:27 PM
Mel is starting to play. :)

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:41 PM
Mel holds! 1-0

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:47 PM
1-1
Melanie has to start serving better, or Hantuchova will take advantage of all the second serves she's getting.

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:52 PM
Mel holds again! She double faulted during this game, but she got more first serves in and has won 5/6 points that she has gotten her first serve in on. Hantuchova has yet to get a first serve in, so she needs to attack those second serves!
2-1

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:57 PM
Mel doesn't convert break point. :sad:
2-2

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:02 PM
Mel holds 3-2!

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:07 PM
Mel BREAKS!!!!!!
4-2

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:10 PM
...and gives it right back. :o :sad:
4-3
She has double faulted once every game.

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:25 PM
Mel takes the first set 6-4!!!!!! Go girl! Go!

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:33 PM
6-4 0-1
Mel is broken. She double faulted on game point and ended up losing it after the game went to deuce. 7 total double faults. =/

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:35 PM
6-4 0-2

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:38 PM
An ace to win the game!!! :D
6-4 1-2

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:43 PM
Comfortable hold for Hantuchova.
6-4 1-3

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:43 PM
Lets go Mel! :D:bounce:

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:47 PM
Hantuchova breaks
6-4 1-4
Hantuchova seems to be attacking Mel's second serve more this set.

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:54 PM
Mel gets a break back!!! 6-4 2-4

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 09:58 PM
Mel holds! 6-4 3-4
Come on Mel! Break and then close it out in two!!!

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:02 PM
Lets hold now and make her try and serve out the 2nd ;)

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:03 PM
Hantuchova holds but it was a close game
6-4 3-5
Gotta hold serve here Mel!!

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:07 PM
Hantuchova takes the second set. :(
6-4 3-6
C'mon Mel!!!

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:11 PM
Hantuchova holds. 0-1 in the third set.

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:14 PM
C'mon Melanie! Get it back together!!! 0-2 in the second.

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:16 PM
Cmooon Mel! F I G H T ! :rocker2:

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:17 PM
0-3 :sad:
It's slipping away

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:21 PM
0-4

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:23 PM
0-5 now...

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:27 PM
A hold!!! No Bagel! :D
Please fight back Mel!
1-5

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Mel saves 3 MATCH POINTS! 2-5 Come on Mel! FIGHT!!!!

iGOAT
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:38 PM
Fight Mel :bounce:

iGOAT
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Match point again now :help:

iGOAT
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:40 PM
:o she lost :rolleyes:

Nice try :help:

simonsaystennis
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:40 PM
Had two game points, but ultimately loses. :sad:
6-4 3-6 2-6
Good signs though. Took a set off of a top player.

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:43 PM
Nice try MEL :hug:

hellas719
Mar 26th, 2009, 12:04 AM
Melanie:hug:

hellas719
Apr 4th, 2009, 01:45 AM
WTA PVB Qualifying:
[1][WC] Bartoli vs. Albanese
Panova vs. [WC] Pegula
Stevenson vs. Jozami
Osterloh vs. Karatantcheva

[2] Koryttseva vs. Scheepers
Chan vs. [WC] Paz Franco
Kucova vs. Yan
Pivovarova vs. [8] Haynes

[3] Lepchenko vs. Luzhanska
Gerasimou vs. [WC] Riske
Oudin vs. Tatishvili
Nakamura vs. [7] Rodionova

[4] Glatch vs. Gullickson
Kucova vs. Rolle
Palkina vs. Sevastova
Spears vs. [8] Savchuk

hellas719
Apr 4th, 2009, 09:13 PM
Mel vs. Tatishvili now;)
I like both of them:sad:
I just want it to be close:shrug:

hellas719
Apr 4th, 2009, 10:26 PM
Mel won the first set 6-3 but is losing 3-5 in set#2:(

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 4th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Win it in 3 Mel :angel::bounce:

hellas719
Apr 4th, 2009, 10:40 PM
Mel leads *1-0 in the 3rd:bounce:

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 4th, 2009, 10:57 PM
4-0 ;)

hellas719
Apr 4th, 2009, 11:15 PM
5-4:scared:

hellas719
Apr 4th, 2009, 11:28 PM
Mel won:aparty::woohoo:

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 5th, 2009, 12:43 AM
Nice fight Mel! :D:bounce:

Alex72
Apr 5th, 2009, 11:47 PM
I took these pictures of Mel in the Tatishvili match. I have several more if anyone is interested in seeing the rest.

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Alex728_2008/Mel1.jpg

Alex72
Apr 5th, 2009, 11:48 PM
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Alex728_2008/Mel2.jpg

Alex72
Apr 5th, 2009, 11:49 PM
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Alex728_2008/Mel3-1.jpg

Uranium
Apr 5th, 2009, 11:49 PM
How is she on clay if I may ask?:)

Alex72
Apr 5th, 2009, 11:49 PM
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Alex728_2008/Mel4.jpg

Alex72
Apr 5th, 2009, 11:51 PM
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Alex728_2008/Mel5.jpg

Alex72
Apr 5th, 2009, 11:52 PM
http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn172/Alex728_2008/Mel6.jpg

Alex72
Apr 5th, 2009, 11:57 PM
How is she on clay if I may ask?:)

Good. Mel played a good match today. Rodionova can be inconsistent but was on today and a bit better.

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 6th, 2009, 12:04 AM
Awesome pics! I love the intensity in her eyes :bounce:

ArturoAce.
Apr 6th, 2009, 05:17 AM
singles-177
doubles-432

simonsaystennis
Apr 8th, 2009, 12:23 AM
Great pics, thank you!!!
I hope Mel plays Charleston. The MD list cut off after the top 100 I believe, so she could hopefully qualify no problem. :)

Alex72
Apr 8th, 2009, 12:29 AM
Great pics, thank you!!!

My pleasure. She is a great competitor. I really enjoyed her matches.

Amalgamate
Apr 9th, 2009, 07:50 AM
Mel switched rackets I see! From the KTour to the KBlade 93.

Srodgers
Apr 10th, 2009, 11:37 PM
Charleston Qs:
TATISHVILI, Anna GEO
PAZ FRANCO, Gabriela VEN

MILLS, Danielle USA
OUDIN, Melanie USA

Easy 1st round for mel :devil:

hellas719
Apr 11th, 2009, 01:03 AM
Go Mel!!!

simonsaystennis
Apr 11th, 2009, 04:02 AM
Easy first round *hopefully* for Mel, but Paz Franco is red hot. I think she's a very tough potential opponent.

Amalgamate
Apr 11th, 2009, 05:57 PM
If Mel does play Paz, she better get revenge for her US Open Jrs loss :bigcry:

simonsaystennis
Apr 11th, 2009, 06:04 PM
If Mel does play Paz, she better get revenge for her US Open Jrs loss :bigcry:

She better! :devil: I think it will be a close battle between them.

Mel just took the first set against Mills 6-0 in 18 minutes.

Srodgers
Apr 11th, 2009, 06:21 PM
mills has 2 games in the 2nd
whats wrong with mel???

Amalgamate
Apr 11th, 2009, 06:27 PM
mills has 2 games in the 2nd
whats wrong with mel???

:spit: Mills is not in Mel's league, but she's no brie whitehead!

Srodgers
Apr 11th, 2009, 06:29 PM
:spit: Mills is not in Mel's league, but she's no brie whitehead!

i know hahaha
but anyways she just won 6-0 6-2

Amalgamate
Apr 11th, 2009, 06:34 PM
:bounce: Good job Mel! Good luck in the next round!

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 11th, 2009, 06:35 PM
i know hahaha
but anyways she just won 6-0 6-2

Nicely done :bounce:

ArturoAce.
Apr 11th, 2009, 07:47 PM
:yeah:

hellas719
Apr 11th, 2009, 10:44 PM
Mel:yeah:

simonsaystennis
Apr 12th, 2009, 12:36 AM
Way to go Mel! Easy win for her.
She plays Tatishvili next.

simonsaystennis
Apr 12th, 2009, 02:52 PM
Mel takes the first set 6-4!!

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 12th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Mel takes the first set 6-4!!


Nice start! :D:bounce:

Srodgers
Apr 12th, 2009, 03:30 PM
uh oh down 4-3 in the 2nd

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 12th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Cmoooooon MEL...FIGHT! :rocker2:

Srodgers
Apr 12th, 2009, 03:37 PM
5-5 now
go mel!

simonsaystennis
Apr 12th, 2009, 03:40 PM
She breaks! 6-5 serving for the set now!

simonsaystennis
Apr 12th, 2009, 03:44 PM
6-4 7-5! :)

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 12th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Nice fight back from Mel! :D:bounce:

Srodgers
Apr 12th, 2009, 04:04 PM
great job mel!
good luck in the MD
but dont draw glatch!

simonsaystennis
Apr 12th, 2009, 04:13 PM
I'm really hoping that Mel draws Domachowska or Savchuk. I think she can do well with both of those draws.

Alex72
Apr 12th, 2009, 06:42 PM
Nice win Mel!

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 12th, 2009, 10:31 PM
Qualifiers are placed ...


(Q)Melanie Oudin v Olga Savchuk


Good Luck! :bounce:

Srodgers
Apr 12th, 2009, 10:38 PM
i think mel can win this one

ArturoAce.
Apr 12th, 2009, 11:24 PM
i think so too. :angel:

Amalgamate
Apr 13th, 2009, 12:33 AM
Good luck in the MD Mel :rocker2:

simonsaystennis
Apr 13th, 2009, 12:46 AM
YES!!! :D I think she can definitely beat win. :)

hellas719
Apr 13th, 2009, 12:57 AM
Mel:woohoo:
GL in MD:D

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 13th, 2009, 08:43 PM
Mel defeated Olga Savchuk today by the score of 6/4 6/0 :bounce:

She really seems to the breakout player of the young US girls :worship:


Good Luck to her in rd 2 :bounce:.

ArturoAce.
Apr 13th, 2009, 08:44 PM
:rocker:

simonsaystennis
Apr 13th, 2009, 09:08 PM
Very nice win Mel. :D

hellas719
Apr 13th, 2009, 10:46 PM
Mel:clap2:

TrojanStallion
Apr 15th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Mel beat Wozniak 7-5 6-0!!!!! :worship: YES!!! I am sooo happy for her, keep this going!!!! On to round 3, and a meeting with Bartoli, Mel totally has a chance with this! :bounce:

Harju.
Apr 15th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Congrats Mel!
She's already secured a place in the top 150 with this win. Good luck against Bartoli.

simonsaystennis
Apr 15th, 2009, 04:03 PM
Great win Mel!! Good luck against Bartoli!

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 15th, 2009, 07:48 PM
Awesome win Mel :bounce:! She's now in the top 150 in the world :worship:.

Srodgers
Apr 16th, 2009, 12:51 AM
Yeah mel!

hellas719
Apr 16th, 2009, 04:33 AM
Mel:eek::woohoo:

hellas719
Apr 16th, 2009, 03:18 PM
2-0 Bartoli:sad:

simonsaystennis
Apr 16th, 2009, 03:44 PM
Mel goes up a break 4-2!

simonsaystennis
Apr 16th, 2009, 03:47 PM
Bartoli breaks back 4-3

hellas719
Apr 16th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Go Mel!

simonsaystennis
Apr 16th, 2009, 04:04 PM
Argh! Mel wastes two break points and Bartoli clinches the first set 6-4. She is making Bartoli work very hard to hold serve. It seems Mel on the other hand is either holding fast or getting broken fast.

simonsaystennis
Apr 16th, 2009, 04:24 PM
Bartoli breaks. 1-2

simonsaystennis
Apr 16th, 2009, 04:33 PM
Two more break points go by. :( 1-3 Come on Mel!!

simonsaystennis
Apr 16th, 2009, 04:36 PM
Bartoli breaks again 1-4. Fight Mel! She's come close to breaking several times.

Uranium
Apr 16th, 2009, 09:11 PM
Mel lost 6-4 6-1.
She honestly put up a bigger fight than I was expecting.:worship:

Now get ready for Fed Cup, we need you to play well:rocker2:

hellas719
Apr 16th, 2009, 10:17 PM
Mel:hug:

simonsaystennis
Apr 17th, 2009, 12:07 AM
Do you guys think Mel will play singles or Alexa? I'm assuming that Bethanie will play singles.

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 17th, 2009, 12:55 AM
Nice try Mel :hug: . Still a nice tourney! Now its off to the Fed Cup semis :cool::bounce:

Uranium
Apr 17th, 2009, 02:07 PM
Do you guys think Mel will play singles or Alexa? I'm assuming that Bethanie will play singles.

Melanie should play as she is in the better form and is more experienced in Fed Cup.

simonsaystennis
Apr 17th, 2009, 04:58 PM
Good point. I definitely think Mel should play singles ahead of Alexa, and then see how her first singles match goes. Or put Alexa in to play Safarova. Mel played Safarova in Indian Wells and it did not go well.

hammerhead
Apr 17th, 2009, 08:36 PM
I think I generally agree with Melanie over Alexa given the experience factor, except I think Mary Jo will wait and see because with Melanie's size and not having a big serve she could be at more of a disadvantage on a super-fast indoor court. Mary Jo will need to gauge the situation once they are there.

simonsaystennis
Apr 20th, 2009, 09:47 PM
Ranking Jump!!

Week of April 13th: 176
Week of April 20th: 143 New Career High!!

hellas719
Apr 20th, 2009, 10:25 PM
Mel:yeah::D

hammerhead
Apr 26th, 2009, 10:30 PM
Props to Melanie for being a great teammate on the Fed Cup team. Must have been a bit disappointing not to play, but she cheered on her team and ...remember...without her the USA would never have made it to the semifinals or finals. :)

simonsaystennis
Apr 27th, 2009, 12:59 AM
Definitely! I was bummed at first when I heard she wasn't playing, but it turned out great for the USA. Mary Joe made the right call. I'm glad she was part of the team though.

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 27th, 2009, 01:05 AM
Definitely! I was bummed at first when I heard she wasn't playing, but it turned out great for the USA. Mary Joe made the right call. I'm glad she was part of the team though.

Yeah, she was a great presence from the bench for the players out on court :bounce:. I'm sure she will have her time again on the team in the coming years :bounce:

simonsaystennis
Apr 28th, 2009, 12:04 AM
Exactly. She's so young. It's hard to believe she's not 18!
Is that her hugging Liezel in your avatar??

ArturoAce.
Apr 28th, 2009, 01:47 AM
Exactly. She's so young. It's hard to believe she's not 18!
Is that her hugging Liezel in your avatar??

its alexa hugging mel :)

...i think:unsure:

simonsaystennis
Apr 28th, 2009, 02:38 AM
Oh I think you're right! Liezel wears hats a lot, so I assumed it was her. :lol:

simonsaystennis
Apr 29th, 2009, 11:37 PM
Melanie will play next week at a 50k ITF in Indian Harbor Beach. She is the fourth seed. Very good chance for some points here. :D

hellas719
Apr 29th, 2009, 11:44 PM
Go Mel!:bounce:

simonsaystennis
May 4th, 2009, 11:26 PM
Mel drew wild card Mirjana Lucic in the first round of Indian Harbour Beach. I'm not anticipating this to be easy in any way. Lucic has been decent lately. I just hope Mel pulls through. :)

CrossCourt~Rally
May 4th, 2009, 11:54 PM
Mel drew wild card Mirjana Lucic in the first round of Indian Harbour Beach. I'm not anticipating this to be easy in any way. Lucic has been decent lately. I just hope Mel pulls through. :)


Yeah, thats a very tough 1st rd match up for Mel. Hopefully she can pull it out and go deep into the draw :bounce:.

simonsaystennis
May 5th, 2009, 12:18 AM
I honestly see her making it very far as long as she can make it past Lucic. A semifinal or better showing here would be great. :)

hellas719
May 5th, 2009, 12:32 AM
Go Mel!:bounce:
You can do it!:rocker2:
Anyone know if she'll play junior RG?

simonsaystennis
May 5th, 2009, 01:01 AM
When I talked to Mel earlier this year, she said that she was done with juniors and was focusing on pros this year.

Alex72
May 5th, 2009, 01:53 AM
Rock on Mel!

simonsaystennis
May 7th, 2009, 01:27 AM
Mel won today over Lucic 6-3 7-5! :D
She will play Mashona Washington next round.

CrossCourt~Rally
May 7th, 2009, 01:47 AM
MEL :yeah:

Srodgers
May 7th, 2009, 01:54 AM
gooo mel!

hellas719
May 7th, 2009, 02:22 AM
Mel:woohoo::banana:

simonsaystennis
May 8th, 2009, 10:31 AM
The scores weren't released until midnight. :o

But anyway, Mel def. Mashona 6-1 4-4 ret. I hope Mashona is ok.

She plays Gail Brodsky next round.

CrossCourt~Rally
May 8th, 2009, 03:48 PM
MEL :yeah: I hope Mashona is ok though =(

CrossCourt~Rally
May 9th, 2009, 12:47 AM
Mel defeated Gail today by the score of 6/2 6/3 :bounce:. The semis will be on live feed tomorow at 2:00 and 5:30. I'm not to sure which session Mel will play, but you can see the matches live by going to the Indian Harbour Beach thread in the Challenger Section and clicking on the linc in post #140 :bounce:.

Srodgers
May 9th, 2009, 02:04 AM
good job mel!

hellas719
May 9th, 2009, 03:22 AM
Mel:woohoo:

simonsaystennis
May 9th, 2009, 04:23 AM
Yeah Mel! :D
Thanks for the info CrossCourt~Rally!!

simonsaystennis
May 10th, 2009, 01:30 AM
Mel keeps cruising through the tournament. I think she likes the clay. :D
Defeated Adamczak 6-2 6-1.
Would be awesome to get a tournament win here. Siegemund tomorrow.

Alex72
May 10th, 2009, 01:51 AM
Mel is coming of age on the Euro red clay, I`m loving it! :woohoo:

CrossCourt~Rally
May 10th, 2009, 01:54 AM
Mel is coming of age on the Euro red clay, I`m loving it! :woohoo:


Its on Green Clay in a tourney in Florida :bounce:. But your right about the coming of age part :lol:;):bounce:

simonsaystennis
May 10th, 2009, 02:20 AM
I'm just glad for any clay court success from an American. :lol: How much different is green clay from red clay? I never really have heard the difference explained.

Mel has been handling the pressure of being an American hope very well. :) I think she will be top 100 by the end of the year. In September she will be 18 and will be able to play more to really get the ranking up!

CrossCourt~Rally
May 10th, 2009, 02:23 AM
I'm just glad for any clay court success from an American. :lol: How much different is green clay from red clay? I never really have heard the difference explained.

Mel has been handling the pressure of being an American hope very well. :) I think she will be top 100 by the end of the year. In September she will be 18 and will be able to play more to really get the ranking up!

Red clay is quite a bit slower than green clay. Many times in the US green clay is referred to as " har-tru ":bounce:. We use to have 3 different tennis clubs here in my small town that had Har-Tru. Now 2 of the 3 clubs are gone and the last one paved over the har- tru a few years ago for a parking lot :sad:.
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Here's a linc to a pretty good explanation... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har-Tru#Green_clay

Srodgers
May 10th, 2009, 02:26 AM
go mel!

Alex72
May 10th, 2009, 03:39 AM
Its on Green Clay in a tourney in Florida :bounce:. But your right about the coming of age part :lol:;):bounce:

Oops....:rolls:

hellas719
May 10th, 2009, 04:05 AM
Mel:woohoo:

Uranium
May 10th, 2009, 11:01 AM
Mel is in both finals:yeah:

Srodgers
May 10th, 2009, 07:31 PM
mel has started her final now

simonsaystennis
May 10th, 2009, 08:34 PM
Mel is leading in her final 7-5 1-0

CrossCourt~Rally
May 10th, 2009, 10:10 PM
7-5 5-7 2-0 :)

CrossCourt~Rally
May 10th, 2009, 10:28 PM
MEL leads 4-2 in the final set :bounce:

CrossCourt~Rally
May 10th, 2009, 10:45 PM
MEL won 6-2 in the final set! :worship: She played some amazing tennis this week and fully deserved to win! :bounce: I expect to see her climb into the top 100 by the time the summer hardcourts roll around :cool:.

Uranium
May 10th, 2009, 10:46 PM
Well done Mel:yeah:

Srodgers
May 10th, 2009, 10:58 PM
Go mel!
great week for you
what will her ranking be after this?

Alex72
May 10th, 2009, 11:55 PM
awesome mel! :woohoo:

iGOAT
May 10th, 2009, 11:55 PM
;) Good job Mel!

simonsaystennis
May 11th, 2009, 01:05 AM
Go Mel! I agree with CrossCourt. I think she'll be top 100 soon too. Would be great if both Mel and Alexa can get into the MD of the US Open by their own ranking! :D

Mel is playing a 50k in Raleigh this week. Let's hope for another good showing. :)

hellas719
May 11th, 2009, 03:13 AM
Mel:yeah:
GL in NC!:bounce:

simonsaystennis
May 11th, 2009, 06:46 PM
Mel reached a new career high rank! :D
138

If she does well at Raleigh, she'll be moving up even further. :)

CrossCourt~Rally
May 11th, 2009, 08:18 PM
Mel reached a new career high rank! :D
138

If she does well at Raleigh, she'll be moving up even further. :)


She's getting really close now ;):bounce:
----------------------------------------------------------
Below is MELs QTR of the draw...


(6)Soledad Esperon (ARG) v Q
Lilia Osterloh (USA) v Megan Moulton-Levy (USA)
Alexandra Mueller (USA) v Florencia Molinero (ARG)
(2)Melanie Oudin (USA) v Mashona Washington (USA)

I'm eyeing a MEL vs LILIA O QTR match up :angel:;)

hellas719
May 11th, 2009, 11:18 PM
Go Melly!:rocker:

hellas719
May 12th, 2009, 01:07 AM
doubles w/will vs. molinero/uberoi:bounce:

simonsaystennis
May 12th, 2009, 01:16 AM
Pretty kind quarter. :) It would be awesome if she took back to back titles here. :D

CrossCourt~Rally
May 13th, 2009, 11:19 PM
Singles:1R: (2)Melanie Oudin (USA) d. (Q)Mirjana Lucic (CRO) 75 63

Doubles:1R: Oudin/Will (USA) d. Molinero/Uberoi (ARG/IND) 46 62 10-7


Next up in singles: Alexandra Mueller

simonsaystennis
May 14th, 2009, 12:06 AM
6 match (singles) winning streak! Get back to back titles here Mel!

Srodgers
May 14th, 2009, 12:37 AM
good job mel!!

hellas719
May 14th, 2009, 01:57 AM
Mel:clap2:

Uranium
May 14th, 2009, 03:31 AM
Melanie:banana:

Alex72
May 14th, 2009, 04:41 AM
Make it happen Mel! :woohoo:

Srodgers
May 14th, 2009, 09:41 PM
(2)Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Alexandra Mueller (USA) 64 60
go mel!!

hellas719
May 14th, 2009, 10:03 PM
Mel:yeah:
Another title?:)

CrossCourt~Rally
May 14th, 2009, 11:18 PM
MEL :yeah:

Next up is a QF match against some girl named Lilia Osterloh:confused:. Has anyone ever heard of her before ? :shrug:






:lol:;)

simonsaystennis
May 15th, 2009, 01:55 AM
Wow I think this will be a tough match up for Mel. Lilia is no pushover. Good luck in the QF!! :D

CrossCourt~Rally
May 15th, 2009, 09:26 PM
QF:(2)Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Lilia Osterloh (USA) 60 36 61

Next Up: Lauren Albanese

Nice win and good luck :D