Melanie Oudin wins opener

Updated: June 13, 2012, 1:20 AM ET
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Melanie Oudin of the United States ousted 10th-seeded Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea of Romania 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday at the Aegon Classic grass-court tournament.

Jie Zheng defeated Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in her opening match.

Zheng helped fuel Chinese tennis after becoming the country's first player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in Wimbledon in 2008, where she made history two years ago by winning the first doubles title.

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