Archive for Sunday, June 28, 2009

American Oudin shocks Jankovic

June 28, 2009


— When 17-year-old American Melanie Oudin concluded the biggest match of her life Saturday at Wimbledon, she had trouble finding the exit on cozy Court 3.

Still learning her way around the All England Club, Oudin has made it into the fourth round. The qualifier from Marietta, Ga., pulled off the upset of the week by beating former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-2.

“I was just thinking that she was any other player,” Oudin said, “and this was any other match, and I was at any other tournament — not like on the biggest stage at Wimbledon. I think I handled it really well.”

The sixth-seeded Jankovic struggled with the heat on a sunny, 82-degree afternoon, and took a 12-minute break after the first set. She was plagued by erratic groundstrokes, while Oudin played with poise down the stretch and swept the final three games.

Oudin gives downtrodden U.S. tennis a boost by joining the Williams sisters in the round of 16.

“Super good news,” said Venus Williams, who played at the same time as Oudin and beat Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-0, 6-4.

Oudin’s so young her earliest Wimbledon memory is watching the Williams sisters on TV.

“When I was like 7, when I started playing tennis, I saw Venus and Serena Williams playing here and I was like, ‘Mom, I really, really want to play there one day,’” Oudin said. “She said, ‘Go for it.’ My parents have always been very supportive.”

One U.S. player reached the men’s round of 16 — two-time runner-up Andy Roddick. He hit the last of his 33 aces on match point to beat friend Jurgen Melzer, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-3.

The No. 6-seeded Roddick is 22-3 in tiebreakers this year, and he improved to 9-0 against Melzer. Roddick’s opponent Monday will be No. 20 Tomas Berdych, who eliminated No. 12 Nikolay Davydenko, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

American Jesse Levine’s best run at a major event came to an end. The last qualifier in the men’s draw, Levine faced 23 break points and lost to No. 19 Stanislas Wawrinka, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

Wawrinka will next play No. 3 Andy Murray, seeking to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936. He defeated No. 30 Viktor Troicki, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

Unseeded Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, reached the fourth round for the sixth year in a row by beating Philipp Petzschner, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3.


Goydos tops Travelers

Cromwell, Conn. — Paul Goydos birdied five holes on the back nine Saturday and held a one-stroke lead over Kenny Perry after the third round of the Travelers Championship.

Goydos’ 28-foot putt from off the green on the 16th highlighted a third-round 63, tying Hunter Mahan for the best round of the day. Goydos was at 16 under after three rounds.

Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot a third-round 72 and was 2 under for the tournament.

Perry, who led after each of the first two rounds, had a seemingly comfortable three-stroke lead after birdies on 10, 11 and 12. But he dropped a stroke on the 14th, and Goydos took advantage.

Shin leads Wegmans

Rochester, N.Y. — Jiyai Shin shot a 5-under 67 to extend her lead to four strokes at the Wegmans LPGA. The South Korean standout, seeking her fifth tour win in 11 months, moved to 16-under 200 Saturday after three rounds at the tree-lined Locust Hill course in suburban Rochester.

Morgan Pressel, a two-time winner whose season-best finish was a tie for seventh in April, shot a 70 and was in second place four strokes back. That was one better than rookie Stacy Lewis.

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, missed the cut in her professional golf debut.

Funk leads by three

Endicott, N.Y. — Fred Funk shot a 7-under 65 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Funk began the day with a two-shot lead after an opening 64 and continued his stellar play to move to a 36-hole total at 129.

Ronnie Black and defending champion Eduardo Romero each had 9-under 63s for the best rounds of the day. They were tied for second with Lonnie Nielsen (66).


Tight end picks Purdue

West Lafayette, Ind. — An Illinois high school tight end has made an oral commitment to play football at Purdue next year. De’Ron Flood of O’Fallon (Ill.) Township says he chose the Boilermakers over offers from other schools including Indiana, Kansas and Northern Illinois.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Flood caught 21 passes for 377 yards last season as a junior.


Cards acquire DeRosa

Cleveland — The Cleveland Indians have traded infielder Mark DeRosa to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-handed reliever Chris Perez and a player to be named. DeRosa, who the Indians acquired from the Chicago Cubs in a trade last offseason, was hitting .270 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs.

Phils confirm confrontation

Toronto — The Philadelphia Phillies confirmed Saturday that one of their players was involved in a confrontation with a fan following Thursday’s game at the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Phillies did not identify the player in their statement. The Rays also confirmed the incident but did not release details.

The St. Petersburg Times reported on its Web site Saturday that Phillies reliever J.C. Romero grabbed and shoved Robert Eaton, 25, of New Port Richey, Fla., after the fan made two comments about steroids.

Romero was suspended for the first 50 games of the season after testing positive for androstenedione.

Beltre to have surgery

Los Angeles — Seattle Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre will undergo surgery to have bone spurs removed from his troublesome left shoulder.


Memphis gains transfer

Memphis, Tenn. — Ex-Duke basketball player Elliot Williams says he’ll transfer to the University of Memphis. Williams, a rising sophomore guard, was granted his release Wednesday from Duke because his mom is sick.

He told The Commercial-Appeal on Saturday that he’s planning to transfer to Memphis, in his hometown, because being closer to his family is the most important thing. It was one of the four schools he’d been considering, along with Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Tennessee.


Maidana stuns Ortiz

Los Angeles — Marcos Maidana stopped Victor Ortiz early in the sixth round of an action-packed fight Saturday night, using a punishing right hand to upset one of boxing’s top prospects.

Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs), a 140-pound Argentine who fights mostly in Germany, was knocked down three times in the opening two rounds.


Freestyle record falls

Berlin — Germany’s Britta Steffen has set a world record in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing in 52.56 seconds.


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