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Oudin Receives Wild Card Entry Into US Open

Melanie Oudin during day six of the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Melanie Oudin during day six of the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin has received a wild card into this year’s tournament at Flushing Meadows.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced on Wednesday the eight women awarded wild cards. The 20-year-old Oudin was the darling of the 2009 Open with her surprise run to the quarterfinals. But the American has struggled to maintain that form since and wasn’t ranked high enough for automatic entry this year.

Other Americans receiving wild card entries are Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Nicole Gibbs, Mallory Burdette, Victoria Duval and Julia Cohen. Gibbs and Burdette were this year’s NCAA singles finalists, and Duval was the USTA girls’ 18s champion.

Australia’s Casey Dellacqua and France’s Kristina Mladenovic receive the last two spots under reciprocal arrangements with the Australian and French Opens.

The year’s final Grand Slam stars on August 27.

Could Oudin be a dark horse at the 2012 Open?