Wilson On the Rise Players Jesse Levine and Melanie Oudin Hit Career Firsts to Keep US hopes Alive
Wilson On the Rise players Jesse Levine and Melanie Oudin will be in Wimbledon action on Saturday June 27, 2009. Both facing seeded players, Jesse and Melanie will need to continue their streak of big upsets to keep US hopes alive.
After making his way through qualifying, Jesse Levine has had his most rewarding tournament to date, reaching the 3rd round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. The 21 year old lefty Jesse used his [K]Six-One 95 racket to dismantle the always dangerous 14th seed Safin in four sets. On Thursday, after being up two sets to love, Levine defeated Cuevas in a thrilling five set match. Jesse will now take now on 19th seed Wawrinka.
Using her [K]Blade Tour, Melanie Oudin has reached the 3rd round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. Melanie has already spent quite a bit of time on court, winning three rounds in qualifying and grinding out a total of 13 sets to date. Coming back from behind, Oudin defeated 29th seed Bammer 64 46 62 and then overcame Shvedova 36 62 64. Melanie now faces Jankovic.
“Jesse and Melanie have already had some success at the tour level, but we are excited about them reaching this Grand Slam career milestone,” said Adam Schaechterle, Wilson Tour Manager Americas. “We look forward to supporting them as they contend for titles in the years to come.”
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Wimbledon June 27, 2009 Singles Schedule
Jesse Levine vs. Wawrinka
Melanie Oudin vs. Jankovic
Venus Williams vs. Carla Suarez Navarro
Philipp Petzschner vs. Hewitt
Flavia Pennetta vs. Mauresmo