Monday’s schedule released, Oudin up first
Melanie Oudin, who plays the first match of this year's U.S. Open on Monday, has struggled considerably since last year's breakthrough. (AP)
A partial order of play for Monday's opening day was released Saturday afternoon, with the full schedule following later when the qualifying tournament was complete.
Melanie Oudin, who made national headlines with her breakthrough run to the quarterfinals in 2009, will play the first point of this year's tournament against Ukranian qualifier Olga Savchuk in Arthur Ashe Stadium (11 a.m. ET, Tennis Channel). The 18-year-old Oudin is just 18-23 in singles matches since last year's Open, but should benefit from the healthy crowd engendered during that charmed run. (She'll also be showing off a dramatically altered coiffure.)
Venus Williams and Roger Federer headline the night session on Ashe against Italy's Roberta Vinci and Argentina's Brian Dabul, respectively.
Other matches of note: Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. No. 32 Lleyton Hewitt (the 2001 champion); Stephane Robert vs. No. 9 Andy Roddick (the 2003 champion); Dinara Safina vs. No. 24 Daniela Hantuchova -- a matchup between a former World No. 1 and a former SI swimsuit model. There's also the all-American clash on Court 13 between Vania King and Christina McHale. Order of Play: Day 1 | Printable [USOpen.org]