Melanie Oudin -- you remember her, right? -- is tired of discussing the best time of her tennis life. But good manners, not to mention a heavy dose of media training, dictate that she breathe deep, smile wide and regale the inquisitors with just how great it was to make a name for herself at last year’s U.S. Open .
Melanie Oudin is headed back to the U.S. Open with added weight on her shoulders and a warning: Don’t expect a replay of last year’s surprising run to the quarterfinals, no matter what her sneakers say.
Serena Williams is back at the U.S. Open for the first time since a match-ending foot fault two years ago, with changes in her public image and her competition at the season’s final Grand Slam tennis tournament.