First WTA Title for Oudin

  • Last Updated: June 18 2012, 16:30 BST

American Melanie Oudin claimed her first WTA title by winning the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.

Melanie Oudin enjoys her victory.

Oudin, who came through qualifying to make the main draw, comfortably saw off Jelena Jankovic 6-4 6-2 in a final which was held over from Sunday as tournament organisers battled with a disrupted schedule due to inclement weather.

Both women had to win two matches on Sunday to reach the title match, and 20-year-old Oudin emerged the fresher against the 27-year-old former world number one from Serbia.

Although Jankovic cancelled out an early break, a sloppy game handed the initiative back to Oudin and she closed out the opening set before taking a 2-0 lead in the second.

Jankovic rarely threatened a comeback as Oudin, who has received a wild card for Wimbledon after dropping to 208th in the world rankings from a high of 31st, eased over the line in one hour and 35 minutes.

"This was a really great tournament for me and I'm definitely looking forward to coming back," said Oudin.

"I think it really helped me playing qualifying here, I played better and better each match. I love playing on grass."

Having slid down the rankings, Oudin now feels she is better equipped to handle the challenges of her sport.

She added: "I think I'm a lot more mature now and a lot smarter.

"I've learned a lot about the game of tennis, about my game and how I want to play, what I'm capable of. I've learned to play within myself, not try to do more than I can."

Beaten Jankovic said: "To be in the final is always great. Obviously I'm disappointed to lose in the final but at the same time it's a good result for me right now. It's just the beginning and it's good for my confidence."