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Oudin Out in Tight Three Set Battle

image News Release – July 31, 2015 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships www.lexingtonchallenger.com

Oudin Out in Tight Three Set Battle LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships always bring back some star-studded players and Melanie Oudin is among that select group of tennis professionals, having won this Lexington Challenger in 2008 and launching her career into one of the top 50 players in the world. With a strong first round win against the #4 seed Eri Hozumi that was postponed overnight, Oudin had to turnaround within hours to play her second round match against Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine, losing a heartbreaker that lasted three sets, 6-4 4-6 6-4. Kalinina, who is 18 years old and currently ranked #148, is on a seven match hot-streak winning her last tournament in Sacramento, CA before coming to Lexington.


French Showdown on Center Stage When you travel across the Atlantic to play tennis it becomes sort of a friendly feud when you have to play your fellow countrymen. That is exactly what Stephanie Foretz and Amandine Hesse, both from France, had to do in one of the feature matches held on Stadium Court in the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center. Foretz, a 34 year old with a career high ranking of #62 in the world, recently won the Equeurdreville tournament in France, a tournament that similarly her opponent, Hesse, won back in 2013. Foretz had to knock-off the young American up-and-comer CiCi Bellis, while Hesse, a 22 year old, had to make an incredible comeback to beat 2015 NCAA singles Champion Jamie Loeb. The two have met twice before, with each player winning once – it was destined that they meet in this Round 2 match to settle the score. Hesse eventually came out on top, defeating Foretz in straight sets 6-3 6-4. “I think we were both a little tight today, knowing that we have met before and split the matches and we are both French. I didn’t like this very much, it’s kind of weird. I feel like she played very well today but I tried to be focused on myself and my tennis. I was a bit nervous but I tried to not to show this to her, I just tried to play my best and just put the ball in the court,” said Hesse after the match. Hesse will move on to play Anhelina Kalinina in the quarterfinals in Stadium Court 2 at approximately 1:30 p.m. For more information, please contact media coordinator Christopher Ware at 205-960-8009 or chris.madison.ware@gmail.com.  webthurs ——————————————————————————————————————————————

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