If there’s one gripe to have about the US Open, it’s that the timing is less than optimal, seeing as how today is Football Christmas. So nobody can blame you, then, if you missed the epic duel between Maria Sharapova and American teenager Melanie Oudin.
It was everything the crowd could have asked for: a high-profile (even if only seeded #29) star taking on a plucky, aggressive American underdog. Who just so happens to be attractive (NOTE: she’s only 17, so try not to rub one out to her yet). Oudin went toe-to-toe with the Russian and came out a winner, taking the match at 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
[O]n this cloudless day in Queens, the fans were rooting for a new potential queen — the one who stamped the word “Believe” on her shoes, but probably didn’t see this coming so soon.
“My goal was to make the top 50,” she said. “But if I keep playing like this, who knows? Hopefully, I can get as high as anything.”
She added this upset to one over No. 4 Elena Dementieva in the second round and a win over former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic earlier this year at Wimbledon.
Yes, Oudin’s not in the top 50; she’s actually #70, which makes her foray into the field of 16 all the more remarkable. She’s probably not going to win the tournament without a lot of help; looming on the other side of the bracket are the Williams sisters, and they clean their teeth with the bones of players like Oudin.
But she can’t face either of them until the finals, which are next Saturday evening (the men play during the first games of the NFL’s opening weekend, Saturday afternoon. Remember what we said about bad timing?). Until then, Oudin has essentially cleared out her half of the bracket of the toughest competition, and she’ll probably come close to making it to the next weekend. Or she’ll lose in her next match, whatever.