Since Melanie Oudin announced herself to the tennis world with an improbable run to 2009 US Open quarterfinals as a 17-year old wildcard she has struggled to bring to fruition the promise she demonstrated on the Flushing Meadow hardcourts.It seemed that upsetting Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharapova at that US Open would be the singles highlight of her career (she does have a mixed doubles Major championship with Jack Sock at the 2011 US Open). Not anymore. The still very young 20-year old American marched through the AEGON Classic at Birmingham to earn her first WTA title. She capped off her memorable week by defeating former world #1 Jelena Jankovic, 6-4 6-2. What is even more impressive is that Melanie’s ranking had slipped so low that not only did she not qualify for the main draw outright, but wasn’t even seeded in the qualifying rounds trying to get into the event. But she made it through qualifying and grabbed the brass ring once in the draw. She also received a wildcard into Wimbledon. I hope this is the beginning of big things for this talented player from Marietta, Georgia.