Jankovic shocked at Wimbledon

LONDON, June 27 (UPI) -- American teenager Melanie Oudin stunned sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic Saturday 6-7 (8-10), 7-5, 6-2 in a women's third-round match at Wimbledon.

U.S. advances in Fed Cup

SURPRISE, Ariz., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The United States, with wins by Melanie Oudin and the doubles team of Julie Ditty and Liezel Huber, beat Argentina 3-2 to reach the Fed Cup semifinals.

U.S. 1, Argentina 1 at Fed Cup

SURPRISE, Ariz., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The United States and Argentina are knotted at 1-1 after the first day of their Fed Cup quarterfinal in Surprise, Ariz.

U.S. Fed Cup team announced

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Captain Mary Jo Fernandez included 17-year-old Melanie Oudin when she announced the United States Fed Cup team for the match against Argentina next month.

Petrova wins Quebec City quarterfinal

QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Russia's Nadia Petrova led Friday's quarterfinal winners at the Bell Challenge women's tennis tournament in Quebec City.

Wozniacki leads winners at Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada was among Thursday's second-round winners at the Bell women's tennis challenge in Quebec City.

Americans succeed at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 14 (UPI) -- Vania King led a parade of Americans into the second round of the Pacific Life Open Thursday with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Anne Kremer.
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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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