Betty on the News: Melanie Oudin’s Cinderella Story Comes to an End at U.S. Open
Teen tennis wonder Melanie Oudin’s winning streak at the U.S. Open is over
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Melanie Oudin, the 17-year-old tennis player whose underdog, Cinderella story took the U.S. Open by storm this year finally met with defeat in a quarterfinal match with 9th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.
Oudin arrived at Flushing Meadows, ranked 70th in the world, and surprised many when she defeated such heavily favored opponents as Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova, earning her the nickname “The Russian Slayer” and advancement into the top eight.
However, despite the crowd rooting for her on Wednesday night, she lost to 19-year-old Wozniacki in a 6-2, 6-2 match.
“I think I started off slow,” Oudin admitted. “I wasn’t able to come back. She’s such a strong player. She doesn’t give you anything for free. She plays incredible defense. Makes me hit a thousand balls so I don’t know what else I could have done.”
Despite the loss, many in the tennis world are predicting that this tournament is just the beginning for the teen tennis wonder. (Fox Sports)