No-fear attitude propels Oudin to win
NEW YORK -- During an awkward silence, one of those awkward silences that sometimes descend on cocktail parties, a singular voice came whistling out of the upper deck at Arthur Ashe Stadium:
"Melanie, you can do this!"
This unabashed, unsolicited support came with American Melanie Oudin leading Elena Dementieva, one of the pre-tournament favorites, 2-0 in the third set. Never mind that 17-year-olds are not supposed to even reach the third set against No. 4 seeds.
2009 U.S. Open
Women's singles: Kim Clijsters, Belgium
Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
Men's doubles: Lukas Dlouhy, Czech Republic and Leander Paes, India
Women's doubles: Serena and Venus Williams, United States
Mixed doubles: Carly Gullickson and Travis Parrott, United States
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