In professional sports, its all about the underdog. Maybe its the storyline of an athlete or a team overcoming incredible odds to win their sports championship. Or maybe the excitement of seeing the “Titanic” of all teams be crushed to bits by the iceberg that is the underdog. I do believe that we have an underdog in the making in Melanie Oudin.
Lets start with a history lesson. Melanie Oudin was born September 27th, 1991 in Marietta, GA. She grew up being homeschooled so she could dedicate more of her time towards tennis. She was also the World Juniors #2 ranked at one point. Probably the most amazing part of Melanie is that she stands at 5 ft. 6 inches tall. She has attributed her success in tennis to Justine Henin because “she proved you don’t have to be tall to win things”. I can’t even hit the tennis ball over the net and I’m 6 ft 2! So why is she an underdog, you ask?
From this year’s Wimbledon until now, Oudin has defeated the following ranked tennis stars: #1 Jelena Jankovic, #4 Elena Dementieva, #13 Nadia Petrova, and #29 Maria Sharapova. Thats alot of Goliaths for one little David to slay. Thats like Frodo singlehandedly killing 4 of the Nazguls (except they are much more attractive, feminine, and non-scary). Oudin is scheduled to play in the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Open singles tournament on Wednesday night at 7pm on ESPN, against #9 ranked Caroline Wozniaki from Denmark. Why dont you turn on the flatscreen and route for the underdog to win. If she makes it all the way to the US Open Finals, guess who may be lurking…