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American Teen Oudin Beats Sharapova 1

Posted: September 05, 2009 5:08 PM ; Updated: September 05, 2009 5:10 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- She sat there in shock. Then, the tears started falling.

Believe it or not, 17-year-old Melanie Oudin is the toast of the town at the U.S. Open.

Gritting her way through a shaky third set, the 70th-ranked player from Marietta, Ga., pulled off her second upset of the Open on Saturday, defeating a more-seasoned, more-famous, more-moneyed opponent -- 29th-seeded Maria Sharapova, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

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Oudin Knocks Off Fourth-Seeded Dementieva 1

Posted: September 03, 2009 1:16 PM ; Updated: September 03, 2009 2:48 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The future looks bright for Melanie Oudin. Maybe for American tennis, too.

Blinking back tears and ignoring the pain, the 17-year-old from Marietta, Ga., pulled off the biggest upset so far at the U.S. Open on Thursday, a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 4 Elena Dementieva.

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Nadal and Williams Sisters Move On

Posted: September 02, 2009 11:26 PM ; Updated: September 03, 2009 12:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Venus Williams moved on, Rafael Nadal came back and Marat Safin said goodbye at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Her left knee heavily wrapped, the third-seeded Williams defeated fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-2, in a much easier match than she had two nights earlier when she fell behind a set before rallying against Russian Vera Dushevina.

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Sharapova Cruises While Safina Squeaks By

Posted: September 01, 2009 11:18 PM ; Updated: September 01, 2009 11:26 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Maria Sharapova simply couldn't bear the thought of a U.S. Open taking place without her. So while sidelined with a torn shoulder a year ago, she refused to follow the tournament on TV.

Basically pretended it wasn't even happening.

On Tuesday night, Sharapova was right where she likes to be: on the Grand Slam stage and in the spotlight. The 2006 U.S. Open champion returned to the tournament with an impressive 6-3, 6-0 victory over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

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Federer Wins Marathon to Set Grand Slam Record

Posted: July 06, 2009 10:21 AM ; Updated: July 06, 2009 10:37 AM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Roger Federer was playing for history. Andy Roddick was playing the match of his life.

On and on they dueled, Federer trying for a record-breaking 15th major championship, Roddick striving for his second, in a Wimbledon final that required more games than any Grand Slam title match in the considerable annals of a sport dating to the 1800s.

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Federer Breezes to Semis, but Roddick Needs Five Sets

Posted: July 01, 2009 4:56 PM ; Updated: July 01, 2009 5:05 PM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Roger Federer neutralized Ivo Karlovic's huge serves Wednesday to reach the Wimbledon semifinals and move a step closer to a record 15th Grand Slam championship. Two-time finalist Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and Tommy Haas completed the final four.

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Manny Set for Return to Bigs

Posted: June 30, 2009 11:17 AM ; Updated: June 30, 2009 12:29 PM

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- Ready or not, Manny Ramirez is headed back to the big leagues.

The suspended slugger played what is expected to be his final minor league rehab game Monday night for Class-A Inland Empire, going 1 for 3 with two strikeouts. He is eligible to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night in San Diego after serving a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.

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