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Oudin Wins Mixed, Min Takes Girls' Singles At US Open

August 24, 2011 03:43 PM
Donald Young
Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock raise the 2011 US Open mixed doubles trophy.
Grace Min captured the 2011 US Open girl's singles title.
USTA Southern players are headed to the 2011 US Open, the USA's major.
 
The last four
Wild cards Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock shocked the No. 8 seeded Gisela Dulko and Eduardo Schwank 7-6 (4), 4-6, 1-0 (8) to win their first Grand Slam title.
 
Oudin, of Marietta, Ga., and the 18-year-old Sock, of Lincoln, Neb., came out of nowhere to eliminate two seeded teams on their way to the championship. Their biggest upset was eliminating the top seeded duo of Bob Bryan and Liesel Huber in the second round 2-6, 6-3 1-0 (6). Click here to read complete story.
 
The victory comes after a tough year for Oudin in which she lost 15 first-round matches, three of which were in USTA Pro Circuit tournaments. She is 9-28 in singles and 5-10 in women's doubles this year.
 
Min takes junior singles crown
Grace Min, of Norcross, Ga., had one more upset left in her on Sunday afternoon. The 17-year-old American had taken out the No. 2 seed in the girls' draw in the first round of the US Open and, five matches later, finished off a dream run in New York, stunning top seed Caroline Garcia in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (3).

Min had won just four matches in five majors prior to this week, but following a straight-sets win over Irina Khromacheva in the first round, Min didn't drop a set in her next five matches, finishing off Garcia, who is ranked inside the top 150 in the WTA. Click here to read complete story. Click here for her interview with Sam Crenshaw of 11Alive news.
 
The 6th-seeded girls' doubles team of Irina Khromacheva of Russia and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands took home the US Open Juniors girls’ doubles championship trophies, defeating the American teen tandem of Taylor Townsend, of Stockbridge, Ga., and Gabrielle Andrews 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (5).

"It’s a great experience for us, we do so well together and we have so many more US Opens to come," Townsend said following the match. "I hope to be back here next year with Gaby and hopefully take the title."

The 15-year-old Townsend and 14-year-old Andrews will certainly learn from the experience. Though they came out strong and were matching the more experienced duo shot-for-shot, they had difficulty converting break points, going two for 12 on the match.
 
After Labor Day
Two Southern men were alive in the competition ... one as expected and one a complete surprise.
 
Winston-Salem Open champion and Atlanta Tennis Championships finalist John Isner continued on his current hot streak. He reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal but lost to No. 4 Andy Murry in four sets. He got through a 24-point tiebreak to defeat Marcos Baghdatis in the first round. Then, he eliminated Robby Ginepri in the second round. Isner's third-round victim was American Alex Bogomolov. The North Carolinian dispatched the 12th seed Gilles Simon in the found of 16, winning three of the four set with tiebreak wins.
 
Donald Young, who was just a 15-year-old when he made his ATP World Tour debut, has made this tournament his best Grand Slam showing ever. His big win during the first week was a 7-6 (7), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory over the 14-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka. Young needed four hours and 20 minutes to subdue the Swiss. He defeated Juan Ignacio Chela in straight sets in the third round. He was eliminated by
 
Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock will face the No. 7 seeds of Elena Vesnina and Leander Paes in the semifinals.
 
Taylor Townsend and Jessica Pegula won two matches in women's doubles -- including a win over former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic and her partner -- but lost to Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova in the third round.

Boys' and girls' competition
Taylor Townsend lost in the main draw qualifying but is alive in the girl's main draw after winning her first round match. Hayley Carter, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., beat Montserrat Gonzalez, the seventh seed, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Grace Min beat the second seed, Irina Khromacheva, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
 
Mac Styslinger lost in the first round to Filip Horansky and Thai-Son Kwiakowski also fell. Hannah King, of Dunwoody, Ga., also lost in the first round.
 
Out during the first week
Irini Falconi had a huge second-round win over Dominika Cibulkova, the 14th-seed. However, she couldn't overcome Sabine Lisicki in the third round. Falconi and Edina Gollovitis-Hall lost in the first round to Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko.
 
Irini Falconi and Steve Johnson defeated the second-seeded team of Katarina Srebotnik and Daniel Nestor but lost in the quarterfinal.
 
Young and Taylor Townsend lost in the mixed doubles first round to Natalie Grandin and Jean-Julien Rojer in a 10-8 match tiebreak. Young lost in doubles with Michael Russell to Michael Llodra and Nemad Zimonjic.
 
Robby Ginepri downed Joao Souza in four sets before being bounced by Isner. The team of Ginepri and Rhyne Williams lost in the first round along with Bobby Reynolds and his partner, Travis Parrott.
 
Jamie Hampton retired in the first round 2-6, 6-2, 5-1 to Elena Baltacha. Melanie Oudin fought hard in a second-set tiebreak but was eliminated by Romina Oprandi 6-0, 7-6 (7).
 
Pre-tournament news
John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C.; Ryan Harrison, a Shreveport, La. native, and Jamie Hampton, of Auburn, Ala, will play in the main draw. Isner has a tough first-round match-up with Marcos Baghdatis and Harrison faces the 27th seed Marin Cilic. Hampton received a wild card and will face Great Britain's Elena Baltacha.
 
Five Georgians are also in the main draw. There are two from Marietta, Ga.; Melanie Oudin and Robby Ginepri. They will be joined by two Atlantans Donald Young and Irini Falconi. Acworth, Ga.'s Bobby Reynolds successfully came out of the US Open Wild Card Playoff. He's got another challenging first-round opponent: David Nalbandian.
 
Young drew a tough opponent in qualifier Lukas Lacko. Oudin will face qualifier Romina Oprandi of Italy.
 
Players who are competing in qualifying are Rhyne Williams, of Knoxville, Tenn; Tennys Sandgren, of Gattatin, Tenn. and Taylor Townsend, of Stockbridge Ga.
 

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