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ATP Washington 2013: Angelique Kerber vs. Melanie Oudin Round 2 Preview

By Pawan Atri    + Follow

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ATP Washington 2013: Angelique Kerber vs. Melanie Oudin Round 2 Preview
Top seed Angelique Kerber will battle former US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin in the second round of the Citi Open in Washington on Wednesday. The top ranked German will be keen to shrug-off the disappointment of losing in the second round of Wimbledon as she has always performed well on the hard-courts.

After beginning the year on a not good enough note in Australia World No.9 Angelique Kerber turned around her season with some gutsy acts on the clay-courts of Europe. She made it through to the semifinals of Stuttgart and then followed her impressive run in Madrid where she reached the quarters before losing at the hands of former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic. The left-hander did really well at Roland Garros too as she got to the round of 16 in Paris, but then had to suffer early exits at Eastbourne and the All England Club.

However, the former US Open semifinalist decided to participated in DC this week as she gave a serious thought about his preparations for the final Grand Slam of the year in New York and keeping that in mind, she sought a late wildcard to the tournament as she eyes her first trophy of 2013. The Bremen native’s game is custom made to succeed on the synthetic courts and that’s the reason why we should expect to see her during the weekened in the US Capital. She launched her mission with a straight sets victory over local qualifier Irina Falconi and will have to confront one more American Melanie Oudin in the round of 16.

Oudin hasn’t lived up to the expectations she generated a couple of years back when she blew everyone off court to advance through to the last 8 stage of the US Open as she is now ranked as low as 141st in the world. Despite that one should keep in mind that she is still a 21 year old youngster and has the time needed to hone her skills that will aid her in attaining brilliant results on the WTA Tour on a more permanent basis.

The pair has clashed once before on the ladies’ circuit and on that day Kerber eased through to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Oudin in Dallas in 2011. A similar kind of a result could await the fans later this evening as the German’s all-round game may prove to be a bit too much for the World No.141.

Pick: Kerber in two!                                                                                                                                                                                 

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