17-year-old Melanie Oudin, the American tennis sensation whose Cinderella run at the U.S. Open took her all the way to the quarterfinals, was a guest on the "Tonight Show" last night. Oudin became a media darling after she continued to upset players ranked much higher than her in every round, and she told Conan that a desire for revenge helped to drive her along:
Last year was my first [U.S. Open] and I got a wildcard getting into it and I had a very disappointing loss. I lost to another wildcard. I had lots of chances but going into this U.S. Open I was ready to have some revenge and do really well.
Oudin also talked about how she had to leave her hotel because her coach had only booked it for one night, not expecting his player to go as far as she did, and discussed the outburst from Serena Williams that shocked the tournament.