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Oudin signs multiyear deal

Updated: September 10, 2009, 7:28 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- So here is what 17-year-old Melanie Oudin of Marietta, Ga., was doing about 20 minutes before heading out to play in the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of her nascent career: affixing her signature to an endorsement contract.

Welcome to the big time, Mel.

Oudin insisted Thursday that bit of business didn't affect her play in any way during a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Caroline Wozniacki the night before.

"I knew I was going to. It wasn't a big deal. My coach was like, 'Just ...

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