No. 1 seed Kerber reaches Citi Open quarterfinals

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber led a parade of players into the quarterfinals Thursday with a victory over Melanie Oudin at the Citi Open.

Petkovic first to reach quarterfinals at Citi Open

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Andrea Petkovic ousted No. 6 seed Mona Barthel Wednesday in the only women's match completed before rains suspended play at the Citi Open in Washington.

Top women's seeds all move on at Citi Open in DC

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany moved on along with other top seeds at the Citi Open in Washington Tuesday.

Magdalena Rybarikova wins, Sloane Stephens falls at Citi Open

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- Defending champion Magdalena Rybarikova posted a win but second-seeded Sloane Stephens took a tumble Monday in the first round of the Citi Open.

Defending champ Melanie Oudin bounced at Aegon Classic

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 10 (UPI) -- Defending champ Melanie Oudin earned an early exit Monday at the Aegon Classic, falling in straight sets on Day 1 of the grass-court event.

Sharapova, Li Na, A. Radwanska win at French Open

PARIS, May 27 (UPI) -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova advanced with a first-round victory at the French Open Monday, joining China's Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

Sharapova advances in straight sets at Italian Open

ROME, May 15 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova posted a solid straight-set win Wednesday at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.
Laura Robson beats Venus Williams in Rome

Laura Robson beats Venus Williams in Rome

ROME, May 13 (UPI) -- Laura Robson posted a Rome International tennis tournament win Monday over Venus Williams that gives her a match against world No. 1 Serena Williams.

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Lisicki in, Hradecka out in Memphis

Lisicki in, Hradecka out in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Germany's third-seeded Sabine Lisicki advanced but No. 5 Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic took an early tumble Tuesday in first-round action at Memphis.
U.S. Fed Cup team has newcomers vs. Italy

U.S. Fed Cup team has newcomers vs. Italy

RIMINI, Italy, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Jamie Hampton and Varvara Lepchenko play their first Fed Cup matches this weekend, taking the U.S. singles spots against Italy.

Oudin advances without playing in Canada

QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Melanie Oudin reached the quarterfinals of the Bell Challenge Thursday due to an injury suffered by her opponent just before the match.

Strycova, Wozniak take Quebec wins

QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Defending champ Barbora Zahalvoa Strycova and Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak each advanced to the second round of the Bell Challenge with wins Tuesday.

McHale, Scheepers win at Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 18 (UPI) -- American Christina McHale and Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa were among Tuesday's first-round winners at the Mercury Insurance Open.
Clijsters through to UNICEF quarters

Clijsters through to UNICEF quarters

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, June 19 (UPI) -- Kim Clijsters sailed through a second-round victory Tuesday at the UNICEF Open tennis tournament in the Netherlands.
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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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