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Oudin Earns Second Career Title

May 11, 2009 04:26 PM

Two weeks, two wins.

Melanie Oudin is reving up her engines for a shot at qualifying for the French Open by winning her second pro tournament in as many weeks.

The two-time U.S. Fed Cup team member beat fellow Georgian Lindsay Lee-Waters 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to win the $50,000 RBC Bank Challenger in Raleigh, N.C. Oudin, a teenager out of Marietta, was seeded second and defeated the Dunwoody resident who is 14 years her senior and a mother of two.

Oudin is scheduled to compete in the French Open qualifying tournament. She has moved up to a career high 123 in the world and has earned $55,380 this year on the pro tours.

In Sarasota, Fla, the week before, it took three hours and 18 minutes. But, as Oudin said, “A win is a win.”

Top-seed Oudin defeated No. 8 seed Laura Siegemund 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 on a hot Mother’s Day in Sarasota, Fla. in front of 300 fans.

This win was in the final MIMA Foundation/USTA Pro Tennis Classic and it gave the Marietta, Ga. teenager her second career USTA Pro Circuit win and a $7,315 paycheck. It was her first career victory on clay.

Oudin now travels to Raleigh, N.C. to play in the RBC Bank Challenger WSTA Women’s Pro Circuit Event. The $50,000 tournament is being played at the North Hills Club through Sunday, May 17.

In other USTA Pro Circuit news, Michael Russell won the inaugural $50,000 2009 Tail Savannah Challenger at The Landings' Franklin Creek Tennis Center in Savannah, Ga.

Russell earned $7,200 and 75 singles ATP ranking points during the $50,000 tournament with his defeat over fellow American Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 7-6(6).




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