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Oudin Takes Girls' 18 Spring National Title

March 22, 2007 09:26 AM

Melanie Oudin of Marietta, GA earned her first National title in any age group, shutting out Lauren Embree 6-0, 6-0 in the finals of the Girls' 18 Spring National Championships at the Mobile Tennis Center.

Oudin, 15, entered the tournament as the number one seed in the Level One national event and only dropped nine games in seven matches.

"I try to keep focused like each game is 5-all in the third," she said. "At any given time your opponent can come back, and you don't want to let them get any hope, so I try to win every single point."

Oudin has been dominating competitors two and three years her senior since 2005. As a top-30 ranked player in the National Girls' 16, Oudin captured several high profile titles including Southern Spring Closed (G16) and Burger King Southern Open Championships (G16) and won the consolation finals at the USTA National Girls' 16 Championships.

She traveled 'down under' this January to compete in the junior draw of the Australian Open where she lost the first round match to No. 3 seed Ayumi Moriata of Japan.

Currently Oudin is ranked No. 3 in USTA Girls' 18 Division.




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