US Open 2009: Melanie Oudin vs. Nadia Petrova


American teen sensation Melanie Oudin, the so-called Russian killer, will face World No. 13 Nadia Petrova this afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

The 17-year-old knocked off two of the most accomplished players in the world of tennis, Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharpova, to reach this episode of the tournament.

The Russian fourth seed was beaten 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 by the 5-foot-6 world No.70 to become the first big-name casualty of the competition. Sharapova, the 2006 title holder, looked on course to end Oudin’s New York campaign when she took the first set, however her challenger hit back remarkably to win the match 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Petrova’s third-round clash against China’s Jie Zheng was competitive for four games, and thereafter more resembled target practice than tennis.

The 27-year-old from Moscow has been here a lot of times. She made quarterfinals appearances at the U.S. Open in 2004 and 2005, and made the third round each of the last three years.

This contest is scheduled to take place sometime after 12:45 p.m. ET, at which time the Kateryna Bondarenko vs. Gisela Dulko match would have concluded.

UPDATE: Oudin has advanced to the quarterfinals with another comeback win, beating Petrova 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3. She will next face either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Caroline Wozniacki for a place in the semis.