Gritty Oudin vows to keep on going
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:47
The 17-year-old world number 70 from Marietta, Georgia, had already eliminated fourth seed Elena Dementieva and former champion Maria Sharapova, the No. 29 and she returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium to come from a set down to add 13th seed Nadia Petrova to her list of victims and reach the last eight.
Oudin had been in tears after beating Sharapova but she was all business in beating Petrova 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 in front of a wildly enthusiastic New York crowd enjoying an extra day off for Labour Day.
“It’s kind of hard to explain how I’ve done it,” Oudin said. “There are no tears because I believed I could do it and it’s like now that I know that I do belong here.
“This is what I want to do and I can compete with these girls no matter who I’m playing.
“I have a chance against anyone.”
Oudin will be able to put that to the test in a quarter-final against the winner of the night match between the only remaining seeds in her half of the draw, 2004 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, the reigning French Open champion and sixth seed, and ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark
“I don’t really care who I get,” Oudin said. “I’m happy to be in the quarter-finals. I know it’s going to be a tough match no matter who I play.”