Melanie Oudin: The Williams Sister's Successor?

Jay GalanContributor IJuly 31, 2010

STANFORD, CA - JULY 29:  Melanie Oudin of  the USA returns a shot to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during Day 4 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University on July 29, 2010 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Venus and Serena Williams have done so much in tennis. From their power hitting ability to achievements to fashion, they are considered as successful women tennis players that burst into the scene or should I say that women's tennis have.

The Williams sisters are still at the heights of their fruitful tennis career. Simply saying, they are still dominating the game and they are still the one to beat at every tournament they played. But speaking of their ages, with Venus at 30 and Serena at 28, they are not going away anytime soon.

Of course, only time can tell when they are going to quit playing the game they both love. But when that happens, the current generation will surely inherit the kind of game that brought these sisters at the top of the game. While they are around, we can still have time to witness how the Williams sisters outplayed, outrun, and outclass every opponents they faced.

And when they call it quits, who will be their successor? It might be Melanie Oudin.

Why Melanie Oudin? Well, simply because she's the only American woman behind the Williams sisters who is at top 50, currently at No.44. She is followed way too far by Vania King at No.81 and Bethanie Mattek-Sands at No.98, too round up the top 100. At age 19 and with Henin-like physique, Oudin has a lot of time to gain experience and improve her game.

Who could ever forget her stunning performance at 2009 Wimbledon and most especially, her run at 2009 US Open?

At last year's Wimbledon, she defeated No.6 seed Jelena Jankovic in their third round match but lost to No.11 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the next round. But her campaign at last year's US Open, gave the Americans something to be proud of as she reached her first ever quarterfinals at a Grand Slam event.

She stunned No.4 seed Elena Dementieva in the second round, No.29 seed and former US Open champion Maria Sharapova, and then No.13 seed Nadia Petrova in the fourth round, to set up a clash of teens in the quarterfinals facing No.9 seed Caroline Wozniacki. She might be run out of gas against the Dane, but playing with nothing to lose, the 'Russian Killer' have made enough success.

That 2009 US Open performance gave hope to Americans as a new star has born and to date that was the biggest achievement of her young career. Who knows what's in store for Oudin?

Currently, she hasn't match yet her dream run at 2009 US Open this year, maybe she can do it in her home where the fans are wildly cheering for her as the 2010 US Open is looming. But her success at Fed Cup can't be counted out, as she is one of the reason that saw her US Team reached the Fed Cup finals after winning over the Russian Team, 3-2.

Though she hasn't produce good results yet after her stunning performance at the Open. Surely Oudin's success is ahead of her and she'll be one of the Grand Slam contenders in the near future, together with her fellow promising Americans - the likes of No.154 Alison Riske, No.161 Cristina McHale, No.162 Jamie Hampton, and No.165 Madison Brengle in the top 200 as well as No.205 Coco Vandeweghe and No.278 Sloane Stephens in the top 300.

Melanie Oudin is just waiting for her time to shine!