(Thumbnail image from New York Daily News)

 

The remarkable U.S. open performance of 17-year-old Melanie Oudin at the U.S. open has fans and media buzzing with excitement.

 

The media are calling her infectious, dazzling, and the Cinderella story of the year.

 

And the story isn’t over yet. 

 

Oudin will attempt to reach the semi-finals Wednesday night in New York on Arthur Ashe Court.

 

First, a perspective from the star herself from Eurosport and why she thinks she’s still in the tournament.

 

Anchor: “I would consider your biggest strength is believing in yourself.  How far can that belief get you in this U.S Open? All the way?

 

Oudin: “I hope it can take me all the way.  I think that if you believe in yourself anything can happen.  So I’m just going to keep fighting hard and hopefully I can do well again.”

 

The attention she is brining to tennis is long overdue.  The sport of Tennis has struggled to attract fans since Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi retired.

 

But according to Media Life Magazine, Oudin’s performance is making people watch again.

 

“According to Nielsen, Seventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin’s unexpected run to the quarterfinals has boosted CBS’s ratings for this year’s tournament, up 18 percent through the first three days of coverage.”

 

The LA Times ask their Question of the day: Can Melanie Oudin put Tennis back on the map? Some sports writers are saying, not so fast.  Ron Fritz, of the Baltimore Sun says...

 

“No, because few things can put tennis back on the national sports map. If you can’t get excited about tennis because of the Williams sisters, then a 17-year-old from Georgia is not going to do it. She is fun to watch though.

 

But Newsday takes the opposing view and says she can bring tennis back.  Their headline reads (animate) “Believe this: Melanie Oudin offers US hope at Open.” And goes on to say

 

“Melanie Oudin isn't just the biggest thing to hit U.S. tennis since the Williams sisters began winning big a decade ago. She could be the fresh face that helps reinvigorate the sport in this country.”

 

What do the big name tennis players like Roger Federer, and Serena Williams think of her success and what she’s doing for the game?  ESPN has their views. 

 

Federer: This is I think very excited and very much needed on the Womens side.  I thought she’s done very well. I haven’t seen all of her matches but the quality of the opponents she beat.  Its fantastic.

 

Williams: She played great.  She did wonderful.  You know she’s a real fighter and its great for the United States and for women’s tennis.”


Melanie Oudin is lighting up the media

Making Noise at the U.S. Open

by Charlie McKeague
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Sep 9, 2009

Making Noise at the U.S. Open

(Thumbnail image from New York Daily News)

 

The remarkable U.S. open performance of 17-year-old Melanie Oudin at the U.S. open has fans and media buzzing with excitement.

 

The media are calling her infectious, dazzling, and the Cinderella story of the year.

 

And the story isn’t over yet. 

 

Oudin will attempt to reach the semi-finals Wednesday night in New York on Arthur Ashe Court.

 

First, a perspective from the star herself from Eurosport and why she thinks she’s still in the tournament.

 

Anchor: “I would consider your biggest strength is believing in yourself.  How far can that belief get you in this U.S Open? All the way?

 

Oudin: “I hope it can take me all the way.  I think that if you believe in yourself anything can happen.  So I’m just going to keep fighting hard and hopefully I can do well again.”

 

The attention she is brining to tennis is long overdue.  The sport of Tennis has struggled to attract fans since Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi retired.

 

But according to Media Life Magazine, Oudin’s performance is making people watch again.

 

“According to Nielsen, Seventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin’s unexpected run to the quarterfinals has boosted CBS’s ratings for this year’s tournament, up 18 percent through the first three days of coverage.”

 

The LA Times ask their Question of the day: Can Melanie Oudin put Tennis back on the map? Some sports writers are saying, not so fast.  Ron Fritz, of the Baltimore Sun says...

 

“No, because few things can put tennis back on the national sports map. If you can’t get excited about tennis because of the Williams sisters, then a 17-year-old from Georgia is not going to do it. She is fun to watch though.

 

But Newsday takes the opposing view and says she can bring tennis back.  Their headline reads (animate) “Believe this: Melanie Oudin offers US hope at Open.” And goes on to say

 

“Melanie Oudin isn't just the biggest thing to hit U.S. tennis since the Williams sisters began winning big a decade ago. She could be the fresh face that helps reinvigorate the sport in this country.”

 

What do the big name tennis players like Roger Federer, and Serena Williams think of her success and what she’s doing for the game?  ESPN has their views. 

 

Federer: This is I think very excited and very much needed on the Womens side.  I thought she’s done very well. I haven’t seen all of her matches but the quality of the opponents she beat.  Its fantastic.

 

Williams: She played great.  She did wonderful.  You know she’s a real fighter and its great for the United States and for women’s tennis.”


Melanie Oudin is lighting up the media

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