Oudin Storms Into Quarters

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2009 2:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – American teenager Melanie Oudin continued her rampage through the US Open this afternoon, again dropping the first set en route to upsetting a seeded Russian in a 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory over No. 13 Nadia Petrova. The 70th-ranked 17-year-old, buoyed by the crowd's vocal support, demonstrated laser-like focus until the final shot, when she dropped her racket and clutched her head in shock, the New York Times reports.

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In men's action, Robin Soderling of Sweden advanced to the quarters for the first time when Nikolay Davydenko of Russia retired because of a left leg injury after losing the third set.
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