Infectious Oudin making a splash

Updated: September 9, 2009, 11:46 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Melanie Oudin might be the freshest face to come along in U.S. women's tennis in a decade, but she's also a throwback.

Throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s, American fans grew accustomed to watching teen angels wing their way onto the scene every few years, from Chris Evert to Tracy Austin to Andrea Jaeger to Jennifer Capriati, all of whom were winning professional tournaments or making a splash in the majors before they turned 17.

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