Dementieva falls to Oudin
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:46
Oudin, 18 later this month, had caused a shock at Wimbledon earlier this summer when she knocked out Jelena Jankovic in the third round and the world number 70 added the 2008 Olympic champion to her list of victims at Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 5-7 6-4 6-3 upset victory.
Having allowed Oudin to level the match at 1-1, Dementieva was broken twice in the final set to ensure the Olympic champion ends 2009 still without a grand slam title to her name.
Meanwhile, top seed Dinara Safina came through another shaky match to reach the third round with a win over Kristina Barrois.
The world number one had been less than impressive in her first-round win over wild card Olivia Rogowska, coming from 3-0 down in the final set to beat the Australian.
Her second round match against the world number 67 from Germany was similarly frustrating at Louis Armstrong Stadium as the Russian took two hours and 13 minutes to eke out at 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 6-3 victory.
Safina, who gave up 15 double faults and committed 38 unforced errors to 36 winners, had been out of sorts from the start and struggled to find her stride throughout.