Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

REGGIO CALABRIA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 08: Melanie Oudin of the USA plays a return to Flavia Pennetta of Italy during the final of the Fed Cup World Group between Italy and the USA at Circolo Tennis Rocco Polimeni on November 8, 2009 in Reggio Calabria, Italy. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
About 2 1/2 years after her captivating run to the US Open quarterfinals, Melanie Oudin of Marietta, Ga., has earned a wild card into the French Open. The US Tennis Association said Sunday the 20-year-old Oudin got the berth at Roland Garros based on results at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court tournaments at Dothan, Ala., Charlottesville, Va., and Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. She won the title at Charlottesville and reached the second round at the others. As an unseeded teen at the 2009 US Open, wearing shoes with "Believe" stamped on the side, Oudin beat Maria Sharapova and two other seeded players. She later reached 31st in the rankings. But Oudin has slumped since and lost in the first round at six of the next eight major tournaments. She's ranked 278th now.
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