Betty on the News: Georgia Teen Takes U.S. Open by Storm
Melanie Oudin becomes the youngest American to make the quarter-finals since Serena Williams. Will she become the youngest winner too?
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Melanie Oudin, the 17-year-old from Marietta, GA, took the U.S. Open by storm over the weekend, winning another two matches and becoming the youngest American quarter-finalist in the tournament since Serena Williams in 1999.
The newly rising tennis star, who is only ranked 70th in the world, has made her way into the quarter-finals by defeating heavily favored opponents Maria Sharapova, ranked 29th, and No. 13th-ranked Nadia Petrova.
“I try to pretend that it’s not, like, Arthur Ashe Stadium. I try to just pretend it’s any other match — even just practicing,” the modest teen explained to reporters.
“Sometimes I tell myself I’m just practicing at my academy at home, and I’m just playing one of my friends,” Oudin said. “So it’s not a big deal.”
Although she has several more games to go, many in the tennis world are already predicting a Serena Williams-Melanie Oudin showdown in the finals. (NY Daily News)