US Teen Oudin Upsets Jankovic

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2009 12:38 PM CDT
Melanie Oudin and Jelena Jankovic at Wimbledon.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – American teenager Melanie Oudin pulled off the biggest upset of the first week at Wimbledon today, beating former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-2. The No. 6-seeded Jankovic struggled with the heat on a sunny, 82-degree afternoon and took a 12-minute break after the first set. Meanwhile, five-time champion Venus Williams joined Oudin in the round of 16 by beating Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-0, 6-4.

"I was just thinking that she was any other player," said Oudin, 17, "and this was any other match, and I was at any other tournament—not like on the biggest stage at Wimbledon. I think I handled it really well." Facing a top-10 opponent for the first time, Oudin wore down Jankovic in an arduous first set. Jankovic later said she was ailing in part because of "woman problems."