Melanie Oudin in 2014
|Residence||Marietta, Georgia, United States|
September 23, 1991 |
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (Two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 6 ITF titles|
|Highest ranking||No. 31 (April 19, 2010)|
|Current ranking||No. 135 (August 11, 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)|
|French Open||2R (2012, 2013)|
|US Open||QF (2009)|
|Career titles||0 WTA, 0 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 125 (May 23, 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 197 (August 11, 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2010)|
|French Open||2R (2010)|
|US Open||2R (2010)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||W (2011)|
|Last updated on: August 12, 2014.|
Melanie Oudin (born September 23, 1991) is an American tennis player and former world junior no. 2. As of December 2, 2013, her ranking is world no. 127 in the WTA rankings. She was a member of the American Fed Cup team from 2009–2011, and winner of the U.S. Open mixed doubles title, with fellow American player, Jack Sock.
Oudin was propelled to stardom as a 17-year-old, in the middle of 2009, when she reached the round of 16 of the Wimbledon Championships, followed by a quarter-final at the US Open a month and a half later. She reached a career high ranking of World No. 31 on April 19, 2010.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Playing style
- 3 Tennis career
- 4 Fed Cup
- 5 Equipment
- 6 Significant finals
- 7 WTA career finals
- 8 Career titles
- 9 Grand Slam women's singles performance timeline
- 10 Grand Slam women's doubles performance timeline
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Oudin, Marietta, Georgia native, has a twin sister, Katherine, and a younger sister, Christina. Introduced to the sport at the age of seven alongside sister Katherine, it was clear Melanie had a gift. As Melanie continued to improve, her time spent on the court increased as well. In seventh grade Melanie made the decision to homeschool, giving her more time on the practice courts and an opportunity to play more tournaments. In an article with Atlanta Magazine Oudin said, "If I was going to homeschool, I was going to try to go pro for sure”. While the decision proved to be very beneficial for her career, Oudin admits envying her twin sister's experiences at a regular school. She says her idol is Justine Henin because "she proved you don't have to be tall to win things." Her grandmother inspired her and her sister to play tennis when she gave them racquets and lessons when they were young.
Oudin is a defensive counterpuncher. Her footwork and her speed helps her get balls from anywhere in the court. Her best shot is her forehand. which she hits flat. One of her weaknesses is her serve. She also uses a slice backhand to mix up shots.
2008–2009: Breakthrough in WTA, US Open quarterfinal, and Top 50 ranking
Oudin turned professional in February 2008. In April 2008, she received a wildcard at the WTA tournament in Miami where she lost in the first round to Tathiana Garbin in three sets. In August, Oudin received a wildcard into her first Grand Slam main draw at the US Open.She was defeated by Australian Jessica Moore 6–7, 6–7.
In October that year, Oudin participated in the 2008 Bell Challenge in Quebec City. In the first round, she defeated third seed Sybille Bammer, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5. In the second round, she defeated Russian Olga Puchkova, 6–1, 7–6. Reaching her first WTA quarterfinals, she was defeated by sixth seed Bethanie Mattek, 6–7, 1–6.
Oudin began 2009 by qualifying for the main draw of the Australian Open. She was then defeated in the first round by Akgul Amanmuradova, 1–6, 4–6.
At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, Oudin entered as a qualifier. Oudin defeated no. 29 Sybille Bammer in three sets in the first round and Yaroslava Shvedova in three sets in the second. In the third round, Oudin defeated world no. 6 Jelena Janković, 6–7, 7–5, 6–2. She lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in the fourth round, 4–6, 5–7.
At the 2009 US Open, Oudin entered as a wildcard. In her first-round match, she easily defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6–1, 6–2. In the second round, she stunned fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva, 5–7, 6–4, 6–3, in her Arthur Ashe Stadium debut. Then in the third round, she defeated a resurgent Maria Sharapova, 3–6, 6–4, 7–5. At 17 years of age, Oudin reached the fourth round of a major event for the second consecutive time. In the fourth round, she played another Russian, 13th-seeded Nadia Petrova. She defeated Petrova, 1–6, 7–6, 6–3, to reach the quarterfinals of the event. She became the youngest woman since Serena Williams in 1999 to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open, and the youngest since Maria Sharapova to reach the quarter-finals at a Major. Her Cinderella story ended when ninth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki defeated her, 2–6, 2–6. A standing ovation occurred when Oudin was leaving the court. After the US Open, Oudin's ranking rose into the top 50. This was Oudin's first top-50 appearance on the tour.
2010: Steady form
After rallying from a set and 1–3 down, Oudin defeated Ágnes Szávay to reach her first semifinal of a WTA tour event at the 2010 Open GDF Suez in Paris. She then fell in three sets to world no. 7 Elena Dementieva, in a rematch of the US Open second round. At the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Oudin was the second seed. She lost in the quarterfinals to Sofia Arvidsson. At the 2010 French Open, Oudin made an early exit by losing 2–6, 5–7 to Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round. At Wimbledon, Oudin reached the second round, before losing to Jarmila Groth. Oudin reached the second round at the US Open, before losing to Alona Bondarenko, 2–6, 5–7.
2011: Singles downfall, first Grand Slam title
In January, she obtained an invitation to play the Hong Kong Tennis Classic with compatriots Venus Williams and John McEnroe. In the first round of the Australian Open, she lost to Czech Klára Zakopalová in three sets.
Oudin got her first win of the year at the 2011 Open GDF Suez, where she beat Vera Dushevina, 7–5, 5–7, 6–2. In the second round, Oudin lost to Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia, 4–6, 6–7. Having semifinal points to defend, Oudin's ranking dropped from no. 61 to no. 72. Oudin's next tournament was the Cellular South Cup in Memphis. She won her first-round match against Anastasia Pivovarova of Russia, 6–4, 6–0. In the second round, she faced Russian Evgeniya Rodina, only to lose 6–1, 7–5. Oudin was unable to defend her quarterfinal points and therefore saw her ranking fall from no. 72 to no. 81.
2012: Inconsistency, first WTA singles title
At the beginning of the season, Oudin lost in the first round of the Australian Open qualifying to Laura Robson. In April, she won the ITF 50k Boyd Tinsley Women's Clay Court Classic. Oudin qualified for the Family Circle Cup losing in the first round to Anabel Medina Garrigues. She was awarded the USTA French Open Wild Card an account of her performance in the USTA Pro Circuit. At the French Open, Oudin drew Johanna Larsson of Sweden in the first round. She won 6–3, 6–3. It was her first win ever at the French Open. In the second round, she lost to eventual finalist Sara Errani of Italy 2–6, 3–6.
In June, Oudin won her first WTA title at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. She qualified and then defeated tenth seed Sorana Cîrstea in the first round. She then beat both Michelle Larcher De Brito and Elena Vesnina to reach the quarter-finals. The tournament was filled with rain delays and Oudin had to cope with the difficulty of coming off and on the court while she beat Irina Falconi and Ekaterina Makarova to reach her first ever final on the WTA tour. She then defeated Jelena Janković 6–4 6–2 in the final. Winning the tournament bumped up her ranking from 208 to 122. Her performance earned her a wildcard at Wimbledon.
At the US Open on August 27, number 107 ranked Oudin was unseeded and lost to fifteenth seed Lucie Šafářová of the Czech Republic in straight sets 4–6, 0–6. In the Women's Doubles, she also lost in the first round teaming up with Grace Min.
With the 2012 season coming to a close, Oudin played several tournaments on the ITF tour. At the National Bank Challenger Saguenay 50k in Canada, she advanced to the semi-finals before losing to Eugenie Bouchard 2–6,2–6. At the John Newcombe Women's Pro Challenge in New Braunfels, Texas, she defeated wildcard Victoria Duval in the first round. With wins over Ulrikke Eikeri and Madison Keys, she made it to the final where she defeated Mariana Duque 6–1,6–1. In this tournament, Oudin didn't drop a set.
2013: Out of Top 150
Oudin played in the Australian Open, where she lost in the first round of the Qualifying event to Laura Robson in straight sets. At the French Open, she won her first-round match over Tamira Paszek, before losing in the second round to Zheng Jie in straight sets. At Wimbledon, she lost in the first round to Michelle Larcher de Brito. Oudin did not play in the main draw of the US Open, losing in the first round of qualifying to Elena Baltacha.
Oudin played singles in the United States' Fed Cup tie against Argentina in February 2009, losing her first match against Gisela Dulko, but winning the second match against Betina Jozami in three sets.
In the 2010 Fed Cup, Oudin led the USA to a 4–1 victory over France by defeating Pauline Parmentier and Julie Coin. Against Russia, Oudin then defeated Alla Kudryavtseva in her first singles match, while losing to Elena Dementieva in her second match. Her team still advanced to the final in San Diego. Contrary to expectations, lower ranked Coco Vandeweghe was chosen over Oudin for the first singles match against Francesca Schiavone. After the US team lost both matches on the first day, Oudin replaced Bethanie Mattek-Sands for the third singles match against Schiavone and won, 6–3, 6–1. This kept her team in contention, but proved futile since Vandeweghe lost the next match against Flavia Pennetta. In the 2011 Fed Cup World Group tie against Belgium, Oudin lost both her singles matches against Kim Clijsters and Yanina Wickmayer. In April, she also lost her two matches in the 2011 Fed Cup World Group Play-offs, where the US dropped out of the World Group for the first time since its formation in 1995.
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Grand Slam finals
Mixed Doubles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||2011||US Open||Hard||Jack Sock|| Gisela Dulko
|7–6(7–4), 4–6, 10–8|
WTA career finals
Singles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||1.||June 18, 2012||Aegon Classic, Birmingham, United Kingdom||Grass||Jelena Janković||6–4, 6–2|
|ITF Tour (5)|
|1.||July 21, 2008||ITF / Lexington, Kentucky||Hard||Carly Gullickson||6–4, 6–2|
|2.||May 10, 2009||ITF / Indian Harbour Beach, Florida||Clay||Laura Siegemund||7–5, 5–7, 6–2|
|3.||May 17, 2009||ITF 50k / Raleigh, North Carolina||Clay||Lindsay Lee-Waters||6–1, 2–6, 6–4|
|4.||April 29, 2012||ITF 50k / Charlottesville, Virginia||Clay||Irina Falconi||7–6(0), 3–6, 6–1|
|5.||November 4, 2012||ITF 50k / New Braunfels, Texas||Hard||Mariana Duque||6–1,6–1|
Grand Slam women's singles performance timeline
Grand Slam women's doubles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
- "WTA Bio:Oudin, Melanie". WTATour.com. June 28, 2009. Retrieved September 7, 2009.
- Tierney, Mike (March 10, 2009). "Melanie Oudin Injects Optimism into Women's Tennis". NY Times. Retrieved September 7, 2009.
- David Ornstein, "Wimbledon day six as it happens" at BBC Sport, June 27, 2009.
- Chuck Culpepper, "Melanie Oudin is a teen living a Wimbledon dream" in Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2009.
- Oudin Turns Professional USTA
- Oudin loses in the first round at Miami on WTA. Retrieved July 19, 2008
- "Melanie Oudin". Retrieved June 18, 2012.
- Shpigel, Ben (June 25, 2012). "Oudin Out in First Round, but Not Without a Fight". The New York Times.
- US Open – Women's Singles – Completed Matches – Day 1
- US Teen Picked as No. 2 in Fed Cup Si.com, February 7, 2009
- "Italy rout US in Fed Cup final". bbc. November 8, 2009. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
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