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Melanie Oudin wins first WTA title in Birmingham

Melanie Oudin, still best known as the 2009 US Open wonder kid, lifted her first WTA trophy by defeating former world No.1 and former champion Jelena Jankovic in the final of Birmingham. The 20-year-old Oudin came through qualifying and won a total of eight matches to make that career milestone.

Oudin was ranked 208th during the Birmingham week, the win climbed her to No.122, but she used to be No.31 a few months after her fourth round at Wimbledon 2009 followed by the US Open quarterfinals.

At the beginning of the AEGON Classic it didn't seem that the American's freefall would end, as Oudin wasn't even seeded in the qualifying, in her first match the tiebreak was 10-8 and she survived many three-setters, including victories over seed No.10 Sorana Cirstea in the first round and eighth seed Ekaterina Makarova in the semifinals. In the final against the fifth-seeded Jankovic, Oudin finished the job more straightforwardly, 6-4 6-2, increasing her head-to-head record against the Serb to 2-0. Despite losing the final, Jankovic can be satisfied for making the best appearance at a tournament since last year and for getting back to the Top 20. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)

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5 thoughts on “Melanie Oudin wins first WTA title in Birmingham

  1. Michael

    Still disappointing for JJ. I was expecting her to take the title but hope she can turn her season around. I'm rooting for her and miss her in the later rounds, but not sure how much she really wants it.

  2. JohnnyB

    Who are the Williams sisters?

    American, Maria Sharapova, just won the French!!!

    Lindsey Davenport won in Auckland January 2008.

    Mattek-Sands was a finalist in 2010 and 2011 before her injury.

    Americans own doubles – Raymond, Huber, King

  3. kathy

    Does anyone know the story behind Oudin's blue and yellow outfit at the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad on July 14,2012?

  4. Marija Post author

    Kathy, the story behind it? I think she was wearing Wilson Women's Summer Star Power Dress.

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