Melanie Oudin poses with Boyd Tinsley after winning the Charlottesville singles title.
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By John Kelly, special to USTA.com
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Melanie Oudin won the championship of the Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic in an exciting three-set match before a large and enthusiastic crowd at The Boar’s Head. The 2009 US Open quarterfinalist topped fellow American Irina Falconi, the tournament’s second seed, 7-6 (0), 3-6, 6-1, to take first-place honors in the 11th annual event.
Tournament sponsor and Charlottesville native Tinsley, known to music fans throughout the world as the violinist in the Dave Matthews Band, was on hand to congratulate the finalists and thank the USTA and all the players for an outstanding week of tennis.
"It’s been an unbelievable week for me," Oudin said. "From start to finish, I thought I played really well. Irina is one of the toughest competitors on the court. She is a great fighter and never gives up. It is really hard to beat her, so I was proud of the way I played today. I thought it was a great match all the way through."
The match followed the doubles final, in which Americans Yasmin Schnack and Maria Sanchez defeated Elena Bovina of Russia and Julia Glushko of Israel by a score of 6-2, 6-2.
The 11th Annual Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic features 32 singles players and a 16-team doubles field. The tournament is held at Boar’s Head Sports Club, 200 Wellington Drive in Charlottesville, Va. Admission to the tournament is free, and the event is open to the public.
With more than 90 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money and valuable ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ranking points.
11th Annual Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic
Sunday, April 29th
At The Boar’s Head
Singles – Final
Melanie Oudin, United States, def. Irina Falconi, United States 7-6(0), 3-6, 6-1
Doubles – Final
Maria Sanchez, United States (4) and Yasmin Schnack, United States def. Elena Bovina, Russia and Julia Glushko, Israel 6-2,6-2