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Florida U.S. Fed Cuppers Jamea Jackson and Ahsha Rolle Receive US Open Wildcards

Posted on August 13, 2008

The USTA announced today that Florida's Jamea Jackson and Ahsha Rolle have received wildcards into the main draw of the 2008 US Open, joining USTA Girls' 18s National Champion Gail Brodksy (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Asia Muhammad (Las Vegas), Melanie Oudin (Roswell, Ga.), and CoCo Vandeweghe (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.).

Also receiving "Grand Slam trade" wildcards are Frenchwomen Severine Bremond, and an Australian player to be named later.

Jackson, 21, finished 2006 ranked inside the Top 50 for the first time in her career, but spent much of 2007 recovering from hip surgery. Currently ranked No. 415, she reached the semifinal at the $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Dothan, Ala., in April. At age 19 in April, 2006, she became the lowest-ranked player (at No. 75) to represent the United States in Fed Cup and led the U.S. Fed Cup team to a first-round 3-2 upset over Germany and posted the biggest upset (by ranking) in U.S. Fed Cup history, defeating world No. 14 Anna-Lena Groenefeld in the process.

Rolle, 23, is currently ranked No. 133. As a qualifier in 2007, she reached the third round of the US Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of No. 82. This season, Rolle reached the semifinals at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Jackson, Miss., and reached the second round at Indian Wells before losing to current World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic. She also represented the U.S. in the semifinals of the 2008 Fed Cup.

Nine players also received wildcards into the qualifying tournament: Kristie Ahn (16, Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Julia Boserup (16, Los Angeles), Madison Brengle (18, Dover, Del.), Kimberly Couts (19, Bradenton, Fla.), reigning US Open girls' singles champion Kristina Kucova (18, Slovak Republic), Amanda McDowell (20, Atlanta), Christina McHale (16, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.), Shenay Perry (24, Coral Springs, Fla.), and Sloane Stephens (15, Boca Raton, Fla.).

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