Friday, July 17, 2015

Oudin tops eighth seed in Stockton Challenger

   STOCKTON, Calif. -- Melanie Oudin, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist in 2009 who has battled health problems for the past two years, knocked off eighth-seeded Naomi Broady of Great Britain 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger at the University of the Pacific.
   Oudin broke serve twice in the third set and held her own serve throughout the set.
   "I thought I played really solid in the third set," Oudin said. "I took care of my service games and hit some good returns."
   Broady, 6-foot-2 (1.89 meters), double-faulted six times in the first set, including four in one game, and nine times overall. She had five aces to none for Oudin, who's 5-foot-6 (1.68 meters).
   Oudin will meet left-hander Sanaz Marand, who dismissed fellow American Jennifer Brady 6-2, 6-4, in today's quarterfinals.
   The other quarterfinal matches are No. 1 seed An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium against No. 7 Mayo Hibi of Japan, 44-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan vs. 5-foot-3 (1.61-meter) wild card Danielle Lao of the United States and No. 5 Nao Hibino of Japan against Amandine Hesse of France.
$50,000 USTA PRO CIRCUIT CHALLENGER
At University of the Pacific in Stockton
Second-round singles
   Nao Hibino (5), Japan, def. Jamie Loeb, United States, 6-3, 6-3.
   Sanaz Marand, United States, def. Jennifer Brady, United States, 6-2, 6-4.
   Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan, def. Kristie Ahn, United States, 6-3, 6-2. 
   Melanie Oudin, United States, def. Naomi Broady (8), Great Britain, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.
   Amandine Hesse, France, def. Jessica Moore, Australia, 6-4, 6-4.
   Mayo Hibi (7), Japan, def. Storm Sanders, Australia, 7-5, 6-3.  
   Danielle Lao, United States, def. Jovana Jaksic, Serbia, 6-1, 6-4.
   An-Sophie Mestach (1), Belgium, def. Anhelina Kalinina, Ukraine, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
Doubles quarterfinals
   Kaitlyn Christian and Danielle Lao, United States, def. Jan Abaza and Melanie Oudin (3), United States, 6-3, 7-5.
   Nao Hibino, Japan, and Emily Webley-Smith, Great Britain, def. Eri Hozumi, Japan, and An-Sophie Mestach (1), Belgium, 7-5, 6-2.
   Jamie Loeb and Sanaz Marand (4), United States, def. Storm Sanders and Chanel Simmonds, South Africa, 6-7 (4), 7-5 [10-8].
   Naomi Broady, Great Britain, and Amandine Hesse (2), France, def. Manon Arcangioli, France, and Renata Zarazua, Mexico, 2-6, 6-4 [10-4]. 
 Today's schedule
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
Stadium
   Nao Hibino (5), Japan, vs. Amandine Hesse, France.
   Melanie Oudin, United States, vs. Sanaz Marand, United States.
   Kaitlyn Christian and Danielle Lao, United States, vs. Naomi Broady, Great Britain, and Amandine Hesse (2), France.
Court 2
   Danielle Lao, United States, vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan.
   An-Sophie Mestach (1), Belgium, vs. Mayo Hibi (7), Japan.
   Nao Hibino, Japan, and Emily Webley-Smith, Great Britain, vs. Jamie Loeb and Sanaz Marand (4), United States.

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