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Oudin Named To Fed Cup Team Facing Czechs

April 17, 2009 10:30 AM

Melanie Oudin, of Marietta, Ga., has been named to her second consecutive U.S. Fed Cup team. The U.S. squad will play the 2009 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal against the Czech Republic on an indoor hard court at the Starobrno Rondo Arena in Brno, Czech Republic, on April 25-26..

Oudin, 17, earned accolades after snaring a key singles victory against Argentina with the U.S. facing a 2-1 deficit in February’s quarterfinal.

Just this week, Oudin started as a qualifier and advanced to the third round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. with a straight-set drubbing of Aleksandra Wozniak, ranked No. 29, 7-5, 6-0. The Family Circle Cup is a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier I tournament, putting it just one level below the four Grand Slam tournaments.

Asked if this was the biggest moment of her career, she replied, “Well, the other one would be when I beat Sybille Bammer in Quebec because she was ranked 27 in the world, so I think she was the highest person I've beaten. Wozniak is 29, I think, but yeah, because this is bigger than Quebec, so this is definitely one of the top two biggest highlights I've had.”

No. 13 Marion Bartoli eliminated Oudin fromthe tournament 6-4, 6-1 in the third round.

Oudin officially turned pro after the 2008 US Open Junior Championships, where she reached the semifinals as the No. 2 seed. She won her first professional title last July at the USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 event in Lexington, Ky., and also appeared in the semifinals at two other $50,000 events. She is currently No. 176 in the Sony Ericsson WTA Rankings.

Her Fed Cup teammates will include Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who will make her Fed Cup debut for the U.S.; Liezel Huber, the No. 1 doubles player in the world, and another Fed Cup rookie, Alexa Glatch.

The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, April 25 with two singles matches and is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, April 26. Tennis Channel will present daily coverage beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday and 6 a.m. ET on Sunday.

 

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