Tennis

Oudin's Aegon defense ends quickly

Melanie Oudin of USA in action
Melanie Oudin had a short tun in the Aegon Classic this year.
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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP)

Melanie Oudin's defense of her Aegon Classic title lasted only 57 minutes Monday, with the American losing 6-3, 6-1 to Croatian qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round.

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The 80th-ranked Oudin struggled in cold and windy conditions in Birmingham, central England, failing to handle the dominant serve of Tomljanovic. The Croat will play top-seeded Kirsten Flipkens.

Tomljanovic says ''my serve was a big factor. I felt really comfortable returning and that meant I could go for more on my serve.''

Oudin beat Jelena Jankovic in straight sets in last year's final of the grass-court tournament, winning her only WTA title.

Eighth-seeded Maria Joao Koehler, No. 10 Hsieh Su-wei and No. 11 Ayumi Morita were also eliminated in the first round.

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