Oudin's Birmingham defense ends in one round

by: AP | June 10, 2013

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

AP Photo

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP)—Melanie Oudin's defense of her Aegon Classic title lasted only 57 minutes Monday, with the American losing 6-3, 6-1 to Croatian qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round.

The 80th-ranked Oudin struggled in cold and windy conditions in central England, failing to handle the dominant serve of Tomljanovic. The Croat will play top-seeded Kirsten Flipkens.

Oudin beat Jelena Jankovic in straight sets in last year's final of the grass-court tournament, winning her only WTA title. The 21-year-old was a quarterfinalist at the 2009 U.S. Open but has struggled with her consistency since.

Eighth-seeded Maria Joao Koehler, No. 10 Hsieh Su-wei and No. 11 Ayumi Morita were also eliminated in the first round.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Will Serena find her rhythm in South Beach? Previewing the Miami Open

The WTA's Top 10 establishment will be hoping to rebound from a poor Indian Wells showing.

Serena to face Indian Wells champ Osaka in first round of Miami Open

The marquee matchup at the outset of the tournament came about because both are unseeded.

Ana Ivanovic gives birth to her first child, a baby boy named Luka

Ivanovic is married to Bastian Schweinsteiger, a pro soccer player for the Chicago Fire.