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Oudin Looking Strong in the Junior French Open

June 4, 2008 04:27 PM

Melanie Oudin, from Marietta, GA, is currently ranked 2nd in the world among junior tennis players. The 16 year old recently began play in the Junior French Open, slotted as the top seed in the main draw. With impressive performances thus far, Oudin is still playing in both the singles and doubles draw.

The first round of the draw matched Oudin up against Russian junior Valeria Savinykh. Oudin had no trouble with Savinykh’s serve, as she was able to break her 6 times on the way to a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Oudin did not have much trouble in the second round either against Britain’s Jade Curtis. Oudin hit 30 winners in a match where Curtis only had 16, resulting in a 6-1, 6-1 win. With no real threat posed yet, Oudin took on Italy’s Anastassia Grymalska in the third round. Oudin continued to stroll through the draw with a 6-3, 6-0 victory. Oudin will face the 10 seed Elena Bogdan from Romania in the quarterfinals.

Oudin did not limit her success in the Junior French Open to just singles play. She and Mallory Burdette, of Jackson, GA, paired up and are the 4 seed in the doubles draw. In the first round Oudin and Burdette took on Julie Gervais and Adeline Goncalves, both from France. The pair was able to get through this match with a 6-4, 7-6(6) victory. Next Oudin and Burdette faced Zuzana Linhova, of the Czech Republic, and Zuzana Luknarova, of Slovakia. Only connecting on 64% of their first serves, Oudin and Burdette were still able to move on with a 6-3, 7-6(2) win. Next up for the pair is a quarterfinal match up with Jade Curtis, of Britain, and Nikola Hormanova, of Austria.

With hope still alive in both the singles and doubles draw, Oudin could become the first girl to win both the singles and doubles title of the Junior French Open in the same year since Agnes Szavay, of Hungary, in 2005. Oudin is also looking to become the first American girl to win the singles draw of the Junior French Open since Jennifer Capriati in 1989.




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