Melanie Oudin Stuns The Tennis World – Again!!!

03 Sep 2009 by Hiland in 2009 US Open

Melanie Oudin defeated Elena Dementieva at the 2009 U.S. Open tennis championshipMelanie Oudin! Georgia peach! 5’ 6” might be stretching it. She’s is short, she is square, she is cute as a button and packed with energy. On Thursday before a filled Arthur Ashe Stadium, little Melanie Oudin hoisted the youth of American tennis on her capable shoulders and a mesmerized nation across the finish line… in style.

There was no way Melanie Oudin could compete with the hottest player on the women’s professional tennis tour. No way! The problem is noone told the determined Georgia Peach that she could not beat 4th seeded 5’11” Russian glamour girl Elena Dementieva. So, just as she has done all her life, she put on her little tennis outfit, strapped up her right leg brace and carried her game and big heart onto Center Court.

Elena Dementieva lost her title race agains Melanie Oudin at the 2009 U.S. Open tennis championshipAs expected, Elena came out smoking and broke Melanie’s serve right out of the gate. Elena held to go up 2-0 and the crowd sensed it would be a quick out for the young blonde. But, suddenly balls that should have been outright winners were coming back. Dementieva was forced to hit two and three and sometimes even four more shots than expected. It was aggravating, really.

Elena was not used to this. Oudin became a human backboard. Everything was retrievable. Drop shots, down the line stunners, cross-court drives and quality serves that should have been aces all kept coming back. This just does not happen to players of Elena’s stature. Elena Dementieva knows when she has struck a winner. But, all bets were off as the frisky upstart simply chased down every ball.

Not only was she retrieving everything, Melanie was showing a deft touch and holding her court position. She never backed off the baseline. She was making impossible half court volleys and converting Dementieva drop shots to power drives past her outstretched opponent. Melanie Oudin rose to the occasion, seized the moment and captured the imagination of millions of tennis fans around the world.

The stunning win brought back memories of the 1980 U.S. men’s hockey team’s unbelievable win over the Soviet Union. Such was the depth of this upset. Hey, Melanie Oudin is a high school senior. Elena Dementieva has been playing professional tennis since 1999 when Melanie was 7 years old!

Many tennis experts, including myself, picked the much-improved Russian to upset Serena Williams and win the tournament. Now, those same experts are wondering if New Jersey native, 20 year old Christina McHale, could ever knock of the other 5’11” Russian superstar, Maria Sharapova.

About halfway through the second set, Oudin began to take the play to Elena. Melanie kept forcing the action, pressing shots. She committed 44 unforced errors but hit a whopping 30 outright winners. The unseeded American won 104 points to Dementieva’s 100.

After dropping the first set 5-7, Oudin took charge with two breaks in set two and held on for a 6-4 win. In the third set, she broke Dementieva out of the starting blocks and never looked back winning 6-3.

Other players on the verge of an upset have shown nerves. Even Dementieva who had Serena on the ropes at Wimbledon, cracked under the pressure. Oudin showed no fear. She never hesitated. She looked victory in the eye and kept going for it until she had it.

If there was ever any doubt that Melanie Oudin was a fierce competitor, forget it. Ms. Oudin has the calm determination of an experienced gunfighter. If you have any doubts, ask the number four seed, who will be watching the rest of the U.S. Open on a television set.

Way to go, Melanie Oudin! Rest up. They will be gunning for you now, kiddo.

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  • She gave the most stunning performance at US Opean 2009. It was wonderful to watch her win the game.
    Can she repeat the success against Sharapova?

    Comment by David — September 3, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

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