Melanie Oudin had mixed emotions Tuesday at the Family Circle Cup. She lost her first-round match to Austria's Tamira Paszek, 6-1, 7-5, but she also learned she had been selected as a member of the U.S. Fed Cup team that will face Germany April 16-17.
"Losing is always disappointing," said Oudin, who is playing in her third Family Circle Cup. "Tamira is a tough competitor. The first set I thought she came out really strong and I definitely could have played better. The second set I thought was a good set from both of us.
"It really could have gone either way. I think we both had a lot of game points ... and it just went her way in the end. She hit the line a couple of times at 5-5. There's nothing I can do about that."
Oudin said every time she had a game point she would either "shank a ball or it would hit a line and she would hit a winner."
"I felt like it kind of never went my way on the game points," said the 19-year-old from Marietta, Ga. "It was just one of those days that I was a little bit unlucky and she got a little bit lucky in the end and she won."
Oudin said she was excited about being named to the Fed Cup team and was excited about going to Germany.
"Hopefully the U.S. can win because we'd really like to stay in the top world group," Oudin said. "We've been there for a really long time now and I think we've got a good team going. Hopefully we can play some really good tennis there and beat the Germans."
The first top-10 seed was eliminated Tuesday when No. 8 Alisa Kleybanova of Russia fell to unseeded Christina McHale, 6-1, 6-0.
McHale, No. 97 in the world, needed just 53 minutes to defeat Kleybanova, ranked No. 26 in the world.
It capped a big day for McHale, who also was picked to play in the Fed Cup.
"I was really pleased with the way I played today," said McHale, a 19-year-old native of Teaneck, N.J. "I was moving the ball well today, and I think my serve was good, too. I was making a lot of first serves, which I knew was going to be important. I don't think she played her best today, but I think I just stayed solid." Kleybanova won the first game of the match, but after that it was all McHale. Last month, McHale reached the third round at Indian Wells to make her debut in the top 100, rising from No.112 to 98. Tuesday's win should boost her ranking and confidence.
"I'm really excited," McHale said. "It's huge to get two wins here at a big tournament like this." McHale said being picked for the Fed Cup team was a big honor.
"I've gone a couple of times, like a future Fed Cupper they call it," McHale said, "and then last year one time on the team I played in the dead-rubber match. It's such an honor to be able to represent the U.S."
Fifth-seeded Shahar Peer had little trouble with Sofia Arvidsson, posting a 6-1, 6-3 victory over the Swede on Stadium Court in the featured night match.
Peer will play Julia Goerges of Germany in the third round.
American Vania King won the first set, but Sania Mirza of India rallied for a 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory on the Gibson Court.
Mirza will play the winner of the Sabine Lisicki-Marion Bartoli match in the third round on Thursday.