It’s with mixed emotions that Melanie Oudin moved into the quarterfinals at the Party Rock Open. Playing against one of her best friends on tour Shelby Rogers, Oudin advanced after the No. 8-seeded Rogers decided not to continue after winning the first set 6-4, but was down 4-1 in the second on Thursday at the Darling Tennis Center during Day 3 of the USTA $50,000 Women’s Pro Circuit event.
“Shelby and I are such good friends that I think it kind of sucks that she had to retire,” said Oudin, ranked No. 147 in the world. “At the same time, I’m really looking forward to playing in the quarterfinals. She hit a serve at 4-3 and I saw her kind of tugging at her back and I knew she was hurting. She had a great win last week winning Albuquerque.”