Sharapova, Azarenka 1-2 in women's tennis

Sharapova, Azarenka 1-2 in women's tennis

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 18 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka hold the top spots in the women's tennis rankings the week the draw is announced for the Wimbledon Championships.
Oudin tops Jankovic for AEGON title

Oudin tops Jankovic for AEGON title

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 18 (UPI) -- Melanie Oudin defeated No. 5-seeded Jelena Jankovic in straight sets Monday at England's AEGON Classic, claiming her first WTA championship.
Jankovic, Oudin to vie for Aegon title

Jankovic, Oudin to vie for Aegon title

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 17 (UPI) -- Jelena Jankovic will meet Melanie Oudin for the title of the rain-delayed Aegon Classic after both won their semifinal matches Sunday.
Rain again wins at AEGON Classic

Rain again wins at AEGON Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 15 (UPI) -- Rain led to the postponement for all four quarterfinal matches Friday at the AEGON Classic in England, leaving the quarters and semis to be played Saturday.
Big upsets mark AEGON Classic

Big upsets mark AEGON Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 13 (UPI) -- Misaki Doi, Urszula Radwanska and Melinda Czink upset the top-seeded players in Wednesday's second-round play at the AEGON Classic tennis tournament in England.
Upsets mark tennis play at Birmingham

Upsets mark tennis play at Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 12 (UPI) -- Ninth-seeded Marina Erakovic advanced but four other seeded players were eliminated Tuesday at the AEGON Classic in England.

Stosur, Ivanovic take Day 1 Paris wins

PARIS, May 27 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded Samantha Stosur and former champions Ana Ivanovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova were among the Day 1 winners Sunday at the French Open.

Garrigues wins, McHale out in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 2 (UPI) -- Tenth-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues moved on but No. 11 Christina McHale took a tumble Monday in opening-day action at the Family Circle Cup tennis event.

Top seed withdraws at Texas Open

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Peng Shuai, the top seed at the Texas Tennis Open, withdrew from the tournament with a hip injury but other top seeds advanced in Monday's opening round.

American teen Oudin wins Sony opener

MIAMI, March 22 (UPI) -- American teenager Melanie Oudin won her opening match at the $4.5 million Sony Ericsson Open Tuesday, knocking out German Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-3.

No. 3 seed Oudin bounced from Memphis

MEMPHIS, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Melanie Oudin was bounced from the Cellular South Cup tennis event in an upset Wednesday, falling to Russian Evgeniya Rodina in straight sets.
Clijsters leads Belgium in Fed Cup series

Clijsters leads Belgium in Fed Cup series

ANTWERP, Belgium, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters was given the second match for Belgium in this weekend's Fed Cup quarterfinal series against the United States.

Pennetta's win gives Italy Fed Cup title

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Flavia Pennetta wrapped up a Fed Cup final win for Italy Sunday by downing American CoCo Vandeweghe in straight sets.

Fernandez names U.S. Fed Cup team

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Melanie Oudin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands will lead Team USA against defending champion Italy at the Fed Cup final, captain Mary Joe Fernandez said Tuesday.

Oudin, Dementieva take Fed Cup wins

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 24 (UPI) -- American Melanie Oudin and Russian Elena Dementieva won Saturday to produce a split in the best-of-five Fed Cup semifinal in Birmingham, Ala.
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Melanie Oudin
Melanie Oudin of the USA waves to the crowds after defeating Nadia Petrova of Russia during in the third set of their match at the US Open Tennis Championship on September 7, 2009 in New York. Oudin won 1-6, 7-3, 6-3. UPI /Monika Graff

Melanie Oudin (born September 23, 1991 in Marietta, Georgia, United States) is an American tennis player and former World Junior No. 2. Her career high rank is World No. 31, which she achieved on April 19, 2010.

Oudin is of French descent and has a twin sister, Katherine, and a younger sister, Christina. She was home schooled from seventh grade on so that she could have more time for tennis practice, but admits envying her twin sister's experiences at a regular school. She says her idol is Justine Henin because "she proved you don't have to be tall to win things." Her grandmother inspired her and her sister to play tennis when she gave them racquets and lessons when they were young.

Oudin is a defensive counterpuncher. She uses her speed and footwork to get balls back from the other side of the court. Her best shot is her forehand which she can really hit with power. Her slice backhand is basically defensive but accurate. Oudin can get any ball near the service line or close to the baseline which gives her more speed and power on her shots. Good dropshot and clean volley are useful assets in her game as well.

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