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