Oudin ends Grand Slam losing streak at French Open

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Associated Press

Posted on May 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

PARIS (AP) — Surprise 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin ended a five-match Grand Slam losing streak by beating Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-3 in the French Open's first round Sunday.

Oudin, a 20-year-old from Marietta, Ga., is ranked 269th but got into the main draw at Roland Garros thanks to a wild card handed out by the U.S. Tennis Association based on results at low-level clay-court tournaments in the United States.

Against the 80th-ranked Larsson, Oudin showed some nerves at the start, double-faulting on the first point and falling behind 2-0. But the American won 10 of the next 12 games to take control, often raising a fist and yelling "Come on!" after winning points.

At age 17, Oudin upset Maria Sharapova during a captivating run at the U.S. Open.

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