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Rookie Oudin Comes Through in Fed Cup

Posted on February 20, 2009

Much of America got a first glimpse of a future U.S. star in February when Georgia's 17-year-old Melanie Oudin played a huge part in the U.S. narrowly getting out of the first round of the Fed Cup competition, hosting Argentina on Feb. 7-8 in Surprise, Ariz.

With the U.S. at a 1-2 match deficit in the tie on Sunday and Oudin down a set to Argentina's Betina Jozami, the Oudin steadied her nerves and rallied for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory to extend the match to the tie-breaking doubles.

"After the first set, I knew I could beat her," Oudin told reporters. "I knew I could play better than that. There was definitely a lot of pressure out there because if I would have lost, we would have lost. But I really happy with the way I finished it."


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