After defeating Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharapova during earlier rounds, the 17-year-old American phenom, Melanie Oudin, defeated Nadia Petrova in three sets (1-6, 7-6, and 6-3) and qualified herself for a quarterfinal match at the 2009 US Open.
The young Oudin had an horrible first set this afternoon as she committed countless unforced errors. But as the match went along, the young player adjusted her game and was more regular on the court.
Then Petrova started to commit more mistakes herself during the second set and gave a second wind to her young opponent.
Serving at 4-3 in the second set, Petrova was controlling the pace of the match but lost her focus, allowing Oudin to break her and even the score at 4-4.
The second set had to be decided by a tie break that Oudin won easily, 7-2.
The third set was a mirror image of the second—Petrova generating the most of the unforced errors—but more importantly, Oudin broke Petrova's serve four times to claim the victory.
To the delight of the Flushing Meadows' fans the unbelievable journey of Melanie Oudin will continue for at least one more match. This young and very talented player is already generating large crowds and will continue to be the talk of the town.
Congratulations and good luck for the rest of the way.
(Picture: Melanie Oudin, Canadian Press.)
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