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Dementieva and Jankovic suffer U.S. Open defeat

  • Story Highlights
  • Fourth seed Elena Dementieva becomes first big-name casualty of U.S. Open
  • Russian beaten 5-7 6-4 6-3 by American teenager Melanie Oudin on Thursday
  • Fifth seed Jelena Jankovic loses to unseeded Yaroslava
  • Top seed Dinara Safina struggles past Germany's Kristina Barrois 6-7 6-2 6-3
  • NEW: Maria Sharapova wins second round match and next faces Oudin
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(CNN) -- Fourth seed Elena Dementieva of Russia became the first big-name casualty of the 2009 U.S. Open when American teenager Melanie Oudin claimed another grand slam scalp at Flushing Meadows.

Melanie Oudin celebrates dumping fourth seed Elena Dementieva out of the U.S. Open.

Melanie Oudin celebrates dumping fourth seed Elena Dementieva out of the U.S. Open.

Oudin, who will turn 18 later this month, caused a shock at Wimbledon earlier this summer when she knocked out Jelena Jankovic in the third round.

And the world number 70 added the 2008 Olympic champion to her list of victims at the Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 5-7 6-4 6-3 second-round victory over the 2004 U.S. Open finalist, who is still searching for her first grand slam success.

Her victory earns Oudin a mouthwatering third round match against Maria Sharapova.

The Russian beat Oudin's close friend Christina McHale 6-2 6-1 in a later night match to continue her fine progress.

"I certainly think I'm playing a lot better than I was when I first got back," she told reporters.

"I feel like the belief in the game, the confidence, is coming back."

Oudin will offer a tougher challenge than her first two opponents and is relishing the support she is getting at Flushing Meadows.

"I don't even know what to say right now. I'm so excited. You have no idea," Oudin said after getting a standing ovation after her victory.

"Going into the last point I was thinking I might not get another chance so I just had to go for it with a big serve and I was lucky it went in. The crowd supporting me helped me get through," she added.

Meanwhile, fifth seed Jelena Jankovic was defeated in a shock loss to unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, 3-6 7-6 6-7. Shvedova had 45 winners to Jankovic's 27 and fired off six aces to Jankovic's four.

World number one Dinara Safina, who is still searching for her first grand slam crown, rallied to defeat Germany's 67th-ranked Kristina Barrois 6-7 6-2 6-3 in her second round match, despite making 38 unforced errors and double faulting 15 times.

In a near-replay of her opening-round struggle against Australian teen Olivia Rogowska, Safina endured another roller-coaster performance.


"I was starting to pay attention better in the second set," Safina told reporters. "She's a very good player. She put back everything."

In other second round matches, ninth-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki crushed Petra Martic of Croatia 6-1 6-0 while 13th seed Nadia Petrova of Russia proved too good for France's Julie Coin -- winning 6-4 7-6.

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