September 03, 2009
Believe the hype.
Melanie Oudin, who stunned Wimbledon earlier this summer with an upset over Jelena Jankovic, is back at it again. The 17-year-old from Marietta, Ga., scored the biggest upset thus far at the U.S. Open with a come-from-behind three-set victory over No. 4 seed Elena Dementieva.
Battling an injury that left her in tears and forced on-court doctors to wrap her thigh in bulky bandages, the 70th-ranked player in the world took advantage of Dementieva's nine double faults en route to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory in their second-round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Not since Serena Williams won her first major in 1999 has there been a female American tennis player worth paying attention to. Oudin is far from winning a major, but at 17 she's staring down a path where such talk becomes reasonable (if a bit far-fetched at the moment).
American tennis needs hope, and it might have found it in the form of Melanie Oudin.
To get acquainted with Oudin, check out what we wrote on Busted Racquet on June 27 when she scored her first major upset over Jankovic at Wimbledon. And come back here later this evening for Martin Rogers' thoughts on the match.