The Cyclops, Day Four: Dementieva v. Oudin

Chris Chase

The Cyclops is our daily look at one match you should be sure to follow during the upcoming day at the U.S. Open.

Elena Dementieva RUS (4) v. Melanie Oudin USA, 11 a.m. ET, Arthur Ashe Stadium

Can Melanie Oudin do it again? The 17-year old American became the toast of Wimledon earlier this summer after a third round upset of Jelena Jankovic. This morning she'll get another opportunity to cement her status as America's next great hope when she faces Elena Dementieva in the opening match of day four at the U.S. Open.

Whatever the result, today's match could provide a glimpse at the next big story of this year's tournament. If Oudin wins, she'll garner headlines nationwide and set herself on a course to become the first new American women's tennis star since Serena Williams in 1998.

On the other hand, Dementieva was playing Grand Slams while Oudin was in third grade trying to learn cursive. She's had great success on the WTA Tour -- 14 titles, $12 million in prize money, a top ten ranking since 2003 -- but never a Grand Slam victory. She'd likely face countrywoman Maria Sharapova in the third round, but after that it would be relatively smooth sailing until a semifinal matchup with Dinara Safina (if she's even made it that far).

Though they were born a decade apart, Oudin and Dementieva are striving for the same goal at the 2009 U.S. Open: to break out. The Russian is the heavy favorite (she's ranked No. 4 in the world while Oudin is hoping to crack the top 50), but Oudin is no stranger to Grand Slam surprises.