Posted May 07, 2012 on AP on Fox

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Melanie Oudin of the United States reacts to a play during her match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during day ten of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Melanie Oudin is heading to the French Open after earning a wild card at low-level clay-court tournaments in the United States. She told The Associated Press on Monday: ''I'm going in the right direction now'' after ''the down part of my career.'' When Oudin was 17, unseeded and unknown out of Marietta, Ga., she made a captivating run to the 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinals, beating Maria Sharapova on the way. But Oudin lost her opening match at six of the next eight major tournaments and didn't even get into the Australian Open in January, losing in qualifying. She's 270th in Monday's WTA rankings, too low to get into French Open qualifying. But a recent title at the USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Charlottesville, Va., helped Oudin claim a wild card.
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