• In action:

    Melanie defeated Ukrainian Olga Savchuk 6-3, 6-0 in her first match Monday. Her next match will be Wednesday, against Alona Bondarenko (also Ukranian).

  • Melanie explains her word choice: “Well, I just decided to put the word “courage” this year as something different, and I really think I need to play with courage this year after I had a great run last year.” (She is 18, cut her some slack.)

  • Last year’s shoes:

    Melanie picked the colors, and her 15-year-old boyfriend added the word “believe.” Awwww.

  • The face of courage:

    (image via NYT)

  • More cute photos of Melanie, because why not: