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June 21, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Melanie Oudin began her magical 2009 summer of fun by making it to the fourth round of Wimbledon. She was barely 18. Then at the U.S. Open she upset four higher-seeded players and made it to the quarterfinals, giving the tournament 10 days of fun buzz. Since then, she hasn't won a major tournament match. Grass suits her, though. She took balls early Monday, punched her groundstrokes deep and with accuracy accurately and easily beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany, 6-3, 6-0. "I really like the courts here," Oudin said.
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March 11, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
This match slipped away from Melanie Oudin as quickly as her impatient forehands sailed out of the court, big bunches of errors coming faster and faster. It disappeared into the hands of a steady but unspectacular 27-year-old Italian named Roberta Vinci. "She's 10 years older than me," the 18-year-old Oudin said, exaggerating the age difference by a year. Oudin, the highest-ranked American woman in the draw of the BNP Paribas Open at No. 41, made a quick exit from the tournament at Indian Well Tennis Garden on Thursday.
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March 10, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Melanie Oudin was a happy girl Tuesday morning. She was announcing her newest marketing deal, with Virgin Mobile USA cellphones, and what 18-year-old doesn't like a new cellphone? And not to put any pressure on Oudin, but Virgin Mobile will donate $1 million to homeless youth organizations should Oudin win the U.S. Open in next September. That would be a pretty gigantic accomplishment for Oudin, who is content for now to be the highest-ranked American woman entered in the BNP Paribas Open, which begins with women's main draw play Wednesday and men's on Thursday.
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February 8, 2010 | Wire Reports
Florida State announced Sunday it will vacate 12 football victories and a 2007 men's track national championship in an academic cheating scandal, along with dozens of more victories and placings across 10 men's and women's sports. The NCAA stripped the school of wins in which 61 athletes implicated in the scandal contributed. The college sports governing body upheld the decision last month after Florida State appealed the sanctions as "excessive." The men's basketball team lost all 22 wins from 2006-07, and women's basketball lost 16 victories that season, including two in the NCAA tournament.
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October 28, 2009 | Wire Reports
Andre Agassi's upcoming autobiography contains an admission that he used crystal meth in 1997, the year he dropped to No. 141 in the rankings. In a story posted on People magazine's website Tuesday, Agassi says: "I can't speak to addiction, but a lot of people would say that if you're using anything as an escape, you have a problem." Excerpts from the book are being printed this week by People and Sports Illustrated. In the posting on People's website, Agassi says he "was worried for a moment, but not for long," about how fans would react if they found out he used drugs.
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September 11, 2009 | DIANE PUCIN, ON SPORTS MEDIA
Melanie Oudin drew tennis fans to television. Wednesday's ESPN2 coverage of the U.S. Open quarterfinal match between the unseeded 17-year-old from Georgia and ninth-seeded Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki plus five-time defending champion Roger Federer's four-set win over Robin Soderling was the most-watched tennis telecast in ESPN2's history. Oudin captivated serious and casual tennis fans with her unlikely romp through a draw in which she had to beat four higher-ranked Russians.
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September 10, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
At 9:12 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, before a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd looking for another Melanie Miracle in the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Cinderella's slipper came off. The mighty mite of this two-week event, Melanie Oudin, stopped her motion on her second serve as somebody yelled from the upper deck, "Wake up, Melanie." The crowd hushed the creep, Oudin made the serve, soon hit one last backhand wide and walked to the net to shake hands with Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
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September 10, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Unseeded Yanina Wickmayer, who had never been further than the second round of a major tournament, today became the second Belgian woman in the last two days to make the U.S. Open semifinals. Wickmayer, 19 and ranked 50th in the world, blasted her way past another unlikely quarterfinalist, 52nd-ranked Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine, 7-5, 6-4, in 1 hour 40 minutes on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. Earlier today there had been a minor upset on the same court. Bob and Mike Bryan, the top-seeded twins from Camarillo, lost in the men's doubles semifinals to the fourth-seeded team of Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and India's Leander Paes, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6)
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September 9, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Melanie Oudin has stolen the headlines in a U.S. Open that has now sorted itself out to the more manageable quarterfinal stage. But lots else has happened. Interesting stuff falls through the cracks, doesn't get talked about. It must have been interesting, because a record total of 423,427 came through the gates the first week. Prior to 1991, that used to be the total for the entire tournament. Recession? Tennis a dying sport? Here are some of the highlights, lowlights and general thoughts.
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September 8, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Whatever magic it was that John Isner had while upsetting fifth-seeded Andy Roddick on Saturday was gone by Monday. Isner's big serve and attempts at volleys couldn't dent the solid defense of Spain's Fernando Verdasco. So as quickly as it took the 24-year-old Isner to lose to the 10th-seeded Verdasco, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, that was as long as it took to come up with this fact: For the first time in the open era of tennis there will be no American men in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.
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