Federer, Ferrer and. . .Melanie Oudin. They all scored wins on their home courts this weekend. Fed and David got trophies for their heroics. All Melanie earned for her 6-3, 6-1 win over Francesca Schiavone this weekend in San Diego was disappointment, delayed.
And a good photo for her website:
Oudin’s Fed Cup win was the sole bright moment for the Americans, in what turned out to be a decidedly uncharmed finals weekend. Mattek-Sands, named to the top singles spot, lost to Flavia Pennetta on Saturday and was knocked out on Sunday by a virus.
Oudin’s victory put untenable pressure on Fed Cup debutante Coco Vandewegh, who reportedly broke down in tears after losing her second match of the weekend to Flavia Pennetta on Sunday.
Vandewegh via FoxSports:
“I’m very disappointed in myself and the way that it turned out,” she said. “But I tried my best out there, fought as hard as I could … It’s definitely emotional right now losing for my country and for my teammates, people that kind of counted on me to pull out a win.”
Here’s Captain Mary Joe Fernandez mulling over her decision to name the untested youngster over the (relatively) seasoned, (relatively) experienced Melanie Oudin for the second singles spot:
Pressure is a privilege, ladies!
But onto the defending champs and legitimate tennis powerhouse, Team Italia. How I love their pure, unadulterated happiness.
The weekend’s scoreline:
R1: C. VANDEWEGHE v. F. SCHIAVONE – 2-6 4-6
R2 B. MATTEK-SANDS v F. PENNETTA – 6-7(4) 2-6
R3 M. OUDIN v F. SCHIAVONE – 6-3 6-1
R4 C. VANDEWEGHE v F. PENNETTA – 1-6 2-6