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Ditty, Oudin Win Pressure Matches To Advance US Fed Cup Team

February 9, 2009 10:14 AM
On the day after her induction into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame, Julie Ditty showed her champion's mettle.

Ditty, playing her first U.S. Fed Cup match, joined doubles partner Liezel Huber to take the deciding match from Argentina in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

The competition in Surprise, Ariz. showed the U.S. with a 2-1 deficit after the first three matches. Melanie Oudin of Marietta, Ga. won the fourth match against Betina Jozami 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, staving off elimination. In an interview last week, Oudin showed a bit of foresight, saying, "I’ve played for my state and my section before. It’s pretty exciting if you think about it, playing for your country. There will definitely be some pressure on me. Hopefully, I can do my best and represent the country well.”

Then, Ditty, of Ashland, Ky., paired with Huber for a dominating win over Gisela Dulko and Jozami 6-2, 6-3 in the deciding match.

Back in Kentucky on Saturday night, Ditty was also honored by being named Kentucky's Adult Player of the Year. Her mother, Juanita, accepted the award in her behalf. She will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

Last year Ditty surpassed won her 31st and 32nd USTA Pro Circuit titles, giving her the career lead. Of her 32 titles, Ditty owns nine USTA Pro Circuit singles titles and 23 doubles crowns. Paul Goldstein and Nana Smith (nee Miyagi) both have 30 USTA Pro Circuit titles.

For more match coverage, go to www.USTA.com.​



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