No-fear attitude propels Oudin to win

Updated: September 5, 2009, 2:13 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

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.


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