Melanie Oudin: New tennis superstar or Flash in the pan?

  • silverfox

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    Sep 10, 2009 12:37 PM GMT
    We were wowed by her performance at the US Open....but a year from now...will Melanie Oudin be around in the tennis world at a high ranking level?

    Was it just me, or did you hear her drop the F-bomb all over the place during her matches?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/251675-melanie-oudin-f-bomb-doll-now-on-sale-humor

    I hate to say it but I am kind of thinking flash in the pan. I hope I am wrong. I can't quite put my finger on why I think she won't have staying power in the tennis world. But last night I thought her game looked to me to be "college level" play whereas others who played at her age or younger at grand slams in the past...didn't look quite as immature in her playing style and shot selection.

    Plus, the "Believe" tee shirts were a bit much in the stands....hope she doesn't take her celeb status too seriously....

    http://in.reuters.com/article/worldOfSport/idINIndia-42351620090910

    Oh,......and here come the "scandals"! Come on now! Did you think this "cinderella story" would go scandal free??? Does anyone doubt that we are just a stone's throw away from risque myspace pictures or a "revealing" video on utube?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/blog/busted_racquet/post/Claim-Melanie-Oudin-s-mother-had-an-affair-with?urn=ten,188455

    We must be wary and cynical....this is America after all. The latest "Cinderella story" can turn "Tonya Harding-like" in seconds.....

    What do you think? Will Melanie Oudin be a force to be reckoned with a year from now or will she simply turn out to be tennis "Dust in the Wind"?
  • DuggerPDX

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    Sep 10, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    I thought it was tacky that they interviewed her before the winner last night. Yes she's American and the crowd was on her side, but it was in real poor taste, just for ratings.

    She seems to have all the trappings of a tennis star, good coach, rich parents, fans. But I agree with you, I don't think she has the drive to succeed based on what I have seen. The other players just seemed to want it more. Just my opinion.

    The men's match was much more exciting last night!
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    Sep 10, 2009 2:45 PM GMT
    DuggerPDX saidI thought it was tacky that they interviewed her before the winner last night. Yes she's American and the crowd was on her side, but it was in real poor taste, just for ratings.

    She seems to have all the trappings of a tennis star, good coach, rich parents, fans. But I agree with you, I don't think she has the drive to succeed based on what I have seen. The other players just seemed to want it more. Just my opinion.

    The men's match was much more exciting last night!


    she is young - give her time. i think she was caught up in the moment than rather playing her game. i wouldn't write her off as yet. she has promise.

    america loves to have their great white hope after all... which added to the pressure she must have felt.
  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Sep 10, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    I think sadly she might be a flash in the pan. I just dont see enough game from her. She just tries to run down every ball and pushes the ball left to right. Im very suprised that she beat those three Russians...
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 10, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    silverfox1 said
    What do you think? Will Melanie Oudin be a force to be reckoned with a year from now or will she simply turn out to be tennis "Dust in the Wind"?


    It always excites me to see a young rising star in sports or entertainment come into their own. Watching Melanie Odin get to the quarterfinals was a joy. So poised, so talented, and so immensely likable. No doubt she will be a force to reckon with in years to come in Women's tennis, not to mention make a fortune in endorsement deals.
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    Sep 10, 2009 3:05 PM GMT
    I think it was way too premature for her to call her the Cinderella Story of the US Open, but I guarantee you that people are going to be watching her and for her in the future.
  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Sep 10, 2009 4:23 PM GMT
    you could actually hear her talking to Pam Shriver when Pam came down and was trying to persuade Melanie to do the on court interview. It sounded like Melanie did not want to do it at all and Pam was like forcing her into it. Im not a big fan of Pam Shriver lol..it seems like shes somehow gotten cockier or somethin over the years
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Sep 11, 2009 3:40 AM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 saidI think sadly she might be a flash in the pan. I just dont see enough game from her. She just tries to run down every ball and pushes the ball left to right. Im very suprised that she beat those three Russians...


    I agree. While I'm thrilled that she made it as far as she did, and am sure she'll get better as she develops her game, I was not overwhelmed by her raw talent. Against Wozniacki, her return sucked. She has a horrible slice backhand, and she continuously turned to it instead of going for two-handed winners. She'll hopefully get confident enough to take more risks under pressure in the future, because she took very few yesterday. But she is cute and feisty.
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    Sep 11, 2009 3:58 AM GMT
    Remember people. She is only 17. She will become a force to be reckoned with. I agree with serena when she as asked about Oudin. Finally, an up and comer who is at the point where more than the Williams sisters are counted on to win for America. If anyone is a flash in the pan, it most likely, IMHO, will be John Isner who beat Andy Roddick. It was Donald Young last year.
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    Sep 11, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    Flash in the pan, if that.

    Look at her matches against Dementieva, Sharapova, and Petrova. She didn't as much win the matches as they all three self-destructed. Sure, she showed stay power, but she almost just had to get the ball back against them and they would make the error. She did have some great forehand winners in those matches, but the matches were all very close, even with the plethora of errors from all 3. I knew she would lose to Wozniacki because Woz is a much steadier player who isn't prone to making the errors the Russians did, which is why she beat Kuznetsova (go figure, another Russian who lost b/c she self destructed).

    The reality is that Oudin's best tennis is no match for the Top 20's best, by a long shot. Will she improve, time will tell. She will never be an elite player.