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Oudin Wins Pro Circuit Indian Harbour, Fla.

May 12, 2009 07:00 AM

The fourth annual $50,000 MIMA Foundation/USTA Pro Tennis Classic wrapped up on Sunday at the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour, Fla., with U.S. Fed Cup player Melanie Oudin of Georgia claiming the title over German No. 8 seed Laura Siegemund 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.

"I don't feel like I played my best tennis today," Oudin, the top seed, told the media afterwards. "I hadn't been in a final in a while. I was tight. I wasn't hitting through the ball and got a little down on myself."

It was the second Pro Circuit-level title for the 17-year-old, who won the $50,000 Lexington, Ky., event last year. It was her first title on clay, and raised her WTA Tour ranking from 151 to No. 138.

The singles final was played in high temperatures and humidity, with tour rules giving the players a 10-minute break before the third set. The heat took its toll on the German, who was coming off a three-set semifinal the day before.

"I had five hours more on the court than her," Siegemund told the media. "I played a great match. If I had more energy, I had a good chance to win it."

In the doubles final, American Lilia Osterloh and Ukraine partner Tetiana Luzhanska finished runners-up to No. 4 seeds Heidi El Tabakh and Melanie Klaffner 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.

 

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