Sharapova gives Oudin an early birthday gift!

US Open TennisSeventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin( she’ll be 18 this month) has pulled off another upset at the U.S. Open, defeating 29th-seeded Maria Sharapova 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the fourth round.

Oudin, the 70th-ranked player from Marietta, Ga., added Saturday’s victory to a growing resume that includes a second-round win over fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva and a victory over former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic at Wimbledon this summer.

Her fourth-round match is against No. 13 seed Nadia Petrova.

Normally a crowd favorite, Sharapova played with most of the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium cheering for her opponent. The Russian, winner of the 2006 U.S. Open, gave Oudin plenty of help, finishing with 63 unforced errors and 21 double-faults.

“With the amount of errors I made from both my groundstrokes and my serve, to be able to get it to three sets is not bad,” Sharapova said. “If I didn’t make those errors, those double-faults, I certainly would have won the match.

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