5 Fun Facts About Melanie Oudin

Boyfriend helped American teen design those flashy shoes
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2009 9:13 PM CDT
Melanie Oudin reacts after her 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-3 upset victory over Nadia Petrova of Russia at the US Open today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With American Melanie Oudin’s surprise roll to the US Open quarterfinals capturing the sports world’s imagination, Chris Chase of Yahoo! Sports lists five facts you should know about the 17-year-old:

  • It’s gotta be the shoes: Oudin herself selected the pink-and-yellow look. Maker Adidas earlier said the design wouldn’t be made available to the public—a move it might be rethinking just about now.

  • More shoes: Rather than her name, Oudin had “BELIEVE” put on the heels of her kicks.
  • Shoes, part III: That idea was from her 15-year-old boyfriend.
  • Help from above: The folks running the PA system played the Cher tune Believe after Oudin’s victory today.
  • The Russia connection: Unseeded Oudin has beaten a Russian in each round so far, but won’t get a chance Wednesday, with No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark having ousted sixth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in a late match today.