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Melanie Makes Noise
Melanie Oudin became known for her fighting spirit during her run to the US Open quarterfinals in 2009. That was on display once again last week as she battled her way to her first career title in Birmingham, in the process putting up with a series of rain delays that forced a Monday final.
Not only did Oudin have to come through qualifying to make the main draw, she was not even seeded in qualifying. Interestingly enough, qualifiers have made four WTA finals this year - winning all of them:
Mona Barthel d. Yanina Wickmayer in Hobart
Hsieh Su-Wei d. Petra Martic in Kuala Lumpur
Kiki Bertens d. Laura Pous-Tio in Fès
Melanie Oudin d. Jelena Jankovic in Birmingham
Ranked No.208 entering Birmingham, Oudin became the lowest-ranked player to capture a title since an unranked Kim Clijsters was victorious at ironically enough, the 2009 US Open. The triumph catapulted Oudin all the way to No.122, her highest ranking since last September. Here are some of her career ranking highs and lows:
11/3/08: Cracked Top 200 (No.177) after making first career WTA quarterfinal at Québec City
7/6/09: Cracked Top 100 (No.70) after making fourth round at Wimbledon
9/14/09: Cracked Top 50 (No.44) after making quarterfinals at US Open
4/19/10: Reached career-high No.31 after making quarterfinals at Charleston
9/13/10: Fell out of Top 50 (No.73) after losing in second round at US Open
8/1/11: Fell out of Top 100 (No.111) after losing in first round at College Park
2/20/12: Fell out of Top 200 (No.208)
4/2/12: Fell out of Top 300 (No.304)
4/23/12: Fell to lowest ranking in over four years (No.370)
6/18/12: Rose 86 spots (to No.122) after winning first career title at Birmingham
Other Ranking Movers
- After winning her first title in almost four years at Bad Gastein, Alizé Cornet went from No.73 to No.58 - her best ranking since January 2010.
- Angelique Kerber climbed a spot to No.8, the best ranking by a German since Steffi Graf retired in August 1999.
- Jelena Jankovic ascended two spots to No.20. She had been in the Top 20 since August 2006 before falling out four weeks ago, but made her return after a runner-up showing at Birmingham.
Surprise Doubles Winners
Timea Babos and Hsieh Su-Wei won the last six points of the match tie-break for a 75 67(2) 108 defeat of No.1 seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in the Birmingham final. Jill Craybas and Julia Goerges were 67(4) 64 119 winners over No.1 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Petra Martic in the Bad Gastein final. Both victorious duos netted their first titles together.