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Oudin, Roddick, Sharapova To Play In Memphis

November 16, 2009 03:56 PM

The 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and Cellular South Cup return to The Racquet Club of Memphis February 12-21.

Former UGA Bulldog John Isner advanced to the finals after defeating Philipp Petzschner 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. He will face the winner of the last semifinal in which Sam Querrey, who defeated top-seed Andy Roddick, will face Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

Maria Sharapova will play Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden in the final. Sharapova eliminated Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-3. In other other semifinal, qualifier Sofia Arvidson outlasted Anne Keothavong of Great Britain 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Second-seed Melanie Oudin took her latest hot streak into the semifinals but ran into former champion Arvidsson. Arvidsson won the match 6-1, 6-3. Oudin had defeated countrywoman Lilia Osterloh 6-2, 6-1. 

Oudin and Shenay Perry advanced to the doubles semifinals but were downed by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-2.

Early-round action
Andy Roddick’s still having trouble breaking serve, but once again, he was able to break down an opponent when it mattered most as he took down his friend James Blake, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3) in front of what was said to  overflow crowd of more than 5,000 at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis.
Roddick advanced to a second-round match-up on Thursday night against Yen-Hsun Lu. ‘‘Playing James is difficult for a lot of reasons,’’ said Roddick, who leads their head to series, 7-3. ‘‘Obviously what he brings as a tennis player and what you have to deal with. Speed on the serve doesn’t really affect him. He’s a quick guy and sometimes the off-pace (serve) works just as well as what I bring. It was a battle. I expected him to play well. He normally plays pretty well in an atmosphere like that.’’

In early results on Thursday, fifth seed Tomas Berdych took down U.S. veteran Michael Russell  3-6, 63, 6-2. American Sam Querrey, who was just named to US Davis Cup team along side of UGA standout John Isner, will face Argentine Leonardo Mayer. On Wednesday, Isner overcame Jarkko Nieminen 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4 to move into the quarters. “I played better in the second and third sets and I served well and hit my forehand big,” Isner said.

On the women’s side at the Cellular South Cup, top seeds Maria Sharapova and Melanie Oudin moved closer to a showdown when Sharapova clubbed Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-1, 6-1, and Georgia’s Oudin defeated Lilia Osterloh 6-2, 6-1. Oudin will take on former champion Sofia Arvidsson. “Playing tennis is the reason why I play, because I love the game. I think that's really showing in my matches now,” Oudin said Sharapova will play British No.1 Elena Baltacha on Thursday night.  Another Britain who is on the comeback trail, Anne Keothavong, will play Croatia’s Karolina Sprem.

Former UGA standout John Isner returned to the ATP World Tour in fine fashion on Monday at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships/Cellular South Cup in Memphis. The towering Isner, who was last seen reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open and is now ranked a career high No. 25, took out US teen Ryan Harrison 6-1, 7-5.

"I was happy to play well in the first set, and the second set was a battle," said Isner. "I knew it was going to be closer than the first; I knew he was going to pick his game up."

Isner praised US hopeful Harrison, who had won the Aussie Open wildcard event in December in Atlanta. "I know how much talent he has. He's only 17 - me at 17 I was nowhere near that. I can't imagine him in four years' time - once he gets stronger, grows into his body a little bit more, he's going to be a force." Other men’s winners were third-seed Radek Stepanek and German Philipp Petzschner, who beat American Taylor Dent 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Top seed Maria Sharapova led the women’s winners by quickly dispatching American Shenay Perry 6-0, 6-2. Third-seed Kaia Kanepi beat Arantxa Rus 6-0, 6-4, while other victors included Britain’s Anne Keothavong, Canada’s Valerie Tetreault, Michaella Krajicek and Portuguese teen Michelle Larcher de Brito, who ran through American Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-3. Mareitta, Ga.’s Melanie Oudin, who reached her first WTA Premier semifinals last week at the Paris Indoors, is the tournament’s second seed and will face former Fed Cup teammate Alexa Glatch.

Preview information
See Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Melanie Oudin, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy Haas, Taylor Dent, Sam Querrey, Mardy Fish, The Bryan Brothers and 50 other world class players!  USTA members can buy individual tickets before they go on sale to the general public and enjoy a 20% discount on USTA Member Appreciation Day on Monday, February 15.  

For USTA member discount and information, click here.For tickets call 901-765-4401 or contact ticketsales@racquetclubofmemphis.com.

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