Melanie Oudin stopped in US Open second round, Kim Clijsters safely through


Melanie OudinAmerican Melanie Oudin, who came out of nowhere to reach the quarterfinals of the 2009 US Open, found it hard to carry the burden of high expectations and fell to the recently-married Alona Bondarenko in the second round this year. The 18-year-old Oudin made 38 unforced errors during her 6-2 7-5 loss to seed No.29 Bondarenko.

Second seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters had an easy task against Sally Peers, a 19-year-old qualifier ranked 201. Clijsters advanced to the third round with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Grand Slam debutant Peers, who recorded a 6-0 6-1 win over Aleksandra Wozniak in the first round.

Third-seeded Venus Williams struggled early in her match against 193rd-ranked qualifier Rebecca Marino, but beat her 7-6(3) 6-3.

French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur, seeded fifth, reached the third round of the US Open for the first time, even though it’s her seventh appearance at the tournament. Stosur defeated Anastasia Rodionova 6-1 6-4.

Sixth seed Francesca Schiavone, 2010 French Open champion, quickly won her match against fellow Italian Maria Elena Camerin 6-2 6-1. Schiavone has now lost a total of just four games to advance to the third round of the US Open. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)


  1. I’m not surprised Oudin lost, after her run last year (USO 09) she hasn’t duplicated her success.

    JJ won, but I think at some point she is going down. For a moment I thought she would win her second round match in straight sets but no. I did predict that she would lose in this round, she proved me wrong, but she still did not convince

    That annoying Italian thing some others (includes one of your favorites Ms. Marija, not mine) are killing my lower brackets 😛 It is beginning to remind me of the Madness.

  2. Oudin has certainly been overrated. The U.S. is so desparate for an up and coming player. Oudin almost believed the “hype” until her 2010 season saw her losing in the 1st rounds then she complained about the pressure and unrealistic expectations put upon her.

    She is not going to be a top player and I don’t think her game can be developed too much more than it already is.

    She can have a decent tennis career as a tier 3 a tier 2? No, I don’t think so.


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