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Oudin a welcome addition for U.S. tennis

Originally Published: February 24, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

For a few perilous hours earlier this month, the fate of the United States' Fed Cup team rested on the racket of a 17-year-old.

Trailing Argentina 1-2, the U.S. needed a victory from Melanie Oudin over Betina Jozami to stay alive in a first-round tie in Surprise, Ariz. Oudin's thirtysomething teammates -- Jill Craybas (34), Liezel Huber (32) and Julie Ditty (30) -- could do nothing to help her.

"I'm thinking, 'If I lose, the United States loses,'" ...

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