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'A little scary': '09 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin to have procedures for heart, eyes

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2009, file photo, Melanie Oudin, of the United States, returns to Elena Dementieva, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 for a heart condition, and surgery later this month for an eye problem. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2009, file photo, Melanie Oudin, of the United States, returns to Elena Dementieva, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 for a heart condition, and surgery later this month for an eye problem. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)  (The Associated Press)

American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday for a heart condition, and surgery later this month for an eye problem.

The 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday that for more than a year, she has been experiencing occasional "episodes" of an accelerated heartbeat, usually during or right after matches, that she "was convinced was some sort of anxiety."

Last month, the 23-year-old Oudin says, she was diagnosed with a form of arrhythmia.

Oudin expects to be able to return to the court within a few weeks, although she also will need to recover from having surgery for what she says is a "growth" in her eye.