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Teenager Oudin's magical U.S. Open ends

NEW YORK - Melanie Oudin's magical U.S. Open is over. Even the comeback kid couldn't overturn this deficit. Showing signs of shakiness in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, the 17-year-old Oudin got off to a slow start against No. 9-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and never really recovered, losing 6-2, 6-2 Wednesday night. Oudin, who is ranked 70th, upset four more established players - including three-time major champion Maria Sharapova and Beijing Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva - to become the youngest quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows since Serena Williams in 1999.
"This has been a great experience for me. I had a great run here," Oudin told the crowd of 23,881 during an on-court interview right after the match, an honor usually reserved for the winner. "I hope to come back next year and do even better." Oudin made 43 unforced errors, 23 more than Wozniacki. In other key matches: •Yanina Wickmayer, a 19-year-old native of Belgium who lived in Tampa and trained at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Wesley Chapel, beat Kateryna Bondarenko 7-5, 6-4 to reach the semifinals vs. Wozniacki. •Fourth-seeded Novak Djokovic reached the men's semifinals for the third consecutive year, beating No. 10 Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (2), 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
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