Melanie Oudin announces retirement

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Remember that plucky American teenager who back at the 2009 US Open, upset a trio of accomplished Russians – including Maria Sharapova – to reach the women’s singles quarterfinals?

Sadly, eight years later and after a multitude of struggles, Melanie Oudin announced her retirement Friday.

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Oudin, who turns 26 next month and currently is ranked No. 428, made the announcement on Facebook.

“Unfortunately, since the end of 2012, I have been struck with numerous health issues and injuries. I would work so hard to come back after being out, and then something else would happen. It has definitely taken a toll on me mentally and physically over the last five years or so.

“Competing with the best in the world requires your absolute best and without being 100% mentally and physically it is very difficult. After much thought, I have decided to make the difficult decision to retire from professional tennis.

“Tennis has given me so much and I will always be grateful. It wasn’t exactly the entire career I had dreamed of, but in life things don’t always go as planned.”

The American peaked at No. 31 in the rankings in 2010; before the US Open run, she had also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.

She won the 2011 US Open mixed doubles title with Jack Sock.

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