Tennis - American Melanie Oudin's first event of the 2014 season ended in a first round loss at the ITF $50K event in Florida, USA. Oudin was beaten in a third set tie-break by Czech Petra Cetkovska 3-6, 6-3, 6-7.
Oudin revealed at the end of last season that she has a muscle-damaging condition. She is currently ranked no. 131 in the world.
Top seed Marina Erakovic was among the first round winners but sixth seed Virginie Razzano and Australian teen Ashleight Barty did not move past the first round.
Marina ERAKOVIC (NZL)  7-5 6-0 Evgeniya RODINA (RUS)
Olivia ROGOWSKA (AUS) 6-4 6-0 Teliana PEREIRA (BRA)
Kiki BERTENS (NED) 6-1 7-5 Madison BRENGLE (USA)
Petra CETKOVSKA (CZE)  6-3 3-6 7-6(5) Melanie OUDIN (USA)
Jana CEPELOVA (SVK)  0-6 6-4 7-5 Ashleigh BARTY (AUS)
Estrella CABEZA-CANDELA (ESP) 6-7(5) 6-0 7-6(5) Jennifer ELIE (USA)
Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) 6-3 6-4 Aliaksandra SASNOVICH (BLR)
Ilona KREMEN (BLR) 7-5 7-6(6) Dinah PFIZENMAIER (GER) 
Julia GLUSHKO (ISR)  6-4 6-4 Petra MARTIC (CRO)
Romina OPRANDI (SUI) 6-4 6-0 Irina FALCONI (USA)
Lesia TSURENKO (UKR) 6-3 6-2 Julia COHEN (USA)
Lourdes DOMINGUEZ LINO (ESP)  6-2 6-3 Yulia PUTINTSEVA (KAZ)
Johanna LARSSON (SWE) 6-2 6-3 Virginie RAZZANO (FRA) 
Lucie HRADECKA (CZE) 4-4 Retired Nadiya KICHENOK (UKR)
Mathilde JOHANSSON (FRA) 6-2 7-6(5) Olga SAVCHUK (UKR)
Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK)  6-2 6-0 Jan ABAZA (USA)
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.