I already told you that Kim Clijsters' return was the second-best feel good story of the tournament so far, but I never revealed to you my No. 1 choice. Well, Melanie Oudin's stunning run through the draw earns the No. 1 spot on that countdown.
Defeating No. 4 Elena Dementieva in the second round then backing up that performance with a win over former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova has suddenly made Oudin a star.
Oudin already had a big win at Wimbledon over the summer, defeating No. 5 Jelena Jankovic, but nothing could have prepared the American public like this showing at the U.S. Open.
She is a fighter, I will give you that.
And having been placed on the top side of the draw where the likes of Safina, Dementieva and Jankovic have all been defeated, Oudin has a great shot at making the finals.
The top of the draw certainly is wide open, with No. 6 Kuznetsova, No. 9 Wozniacki and No. 13. Nadia Petrova the only top seeds remaining.
In her next match, Oudin will face No. 13 Petrova in her third consecutive match playing a seeded Russian. The other two Russians have not fared well against the young American, and I hope more of the same is to come.
If Oudin can play at a high level and continue to fight her way through the draw, she certainly has a chance to make the U.S. Open Finals. If it came down to the point where it was an all-American women's final, I never bet you would have believed that Oudin would be one of the finalists.
That is a possibility, but first Oudin must battle with the only seeded players left in the top of the draw. She is the next big "hope" of women's American tennis, and sure doesn't look like the type that will disappoint.
Melanie Oudin: Does the fate of American tennis rest on your shoulders? Only time will tell.