April 29, 2012
Melanie Oudin won the Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic Title in an exciting three-set match Sunday at the Boars Head Tennis Club. The 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist topped fellow American Irina Falconi, the tournament’s second seed, 7-6(0), 3-6, 6-1.
“It’s been an unbelievable week for me,” Oudin said. “From start to finish, I thought I played really well. Irina is one of the toughest competitors on the court. She is a great fighter, and never gives up. It is really hard to beat her, so I was proud of the way I played today. I thought it was a great match all the way through.”
The two traded blows in the first set before Oudin won the tiebreak, 7-6. Falconi then jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second. Oudin came back to make things interesting but Falconi held on for the 6-3 victory to force a third set.
It was all Oudin in the third set as she took care of business, 6-1, to win her first singles title in nearly three years.
"I'm really proud of myself this week. I've got another tournament next week and hopefully can maybe do it again."
Tournament sponsor and Charlottesville native Tinsley, known to music fans throughout the world as the violinist in the Dave Matthews Band, was on hand to congratulate the finalists and thank the USTA and all the players for an outstanding week of tennis.
In the doubles final, Americans Yasmin Schnack and Maria Sanchez defeated Elena Bovina of Russia and Julia Glushko of Israel by a score of 6-2, 6-2.