Oudin, Barty grab Wimbledon wildcards
American Melanie Oudin and Australian teenager Ashleigh Barty have been awarded wildcards into Wimbledon. Oudin, who had fallen out of the Top 300 in late March after losing in the first round of her first five tournaments this season, has qualified and reached the finals of Birmingham, where she will play Jelena Jankovic on Monday. The 20-year-old Oudin is 22-7 since early April. By reaching the Birmingham final, Oudin should at least crack the Top 135 next week.
The 16-year-old Barty recently won a challenger tournament in Nottingham. Another Australian, former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt, was also granted a wildcard, as was German Tommy Haas, who just beat Roger Federer for the title in Halle. France's Virginie Razzano, Slovenian Grega Zemjla, Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova and Belgium’s David Goffin were also granted wild cards, as were Britons Jamie Baker, Josh Goodall, Oliver Golding, Laura Robson, Naomi Broady, and Johanna Konta.