Jamea Jackson: Rising To The Top

By Richard Kent
Updated: August 29, 2006

-As Jamea Jackson waits through a rain delay at the Open she contemplates her future.And a bright one it is.The 20 year old from Atlanta,Georgia who is currently living in Florida has had her best year of her young career.The highlight was a 2-0 record in the Fed Cup in which she led her team to victory over germany.she was named the USTA player of the week for that effort.

Jackson had other bright highlights this year.She beat Maria Sharapova 6-4,6-4 in England on grass in a tune up to Wimbledon and made it to the second round of all the majors for the first time in her history.

Jackson is #57 in the world and has won $316,000 in prize money,sporting a 17-15 record this year.

The 5-4 113 pound playeris coached by Rodrigo Nascimiento and began playing tennis at the age of 8.Her father Ernest is a former NFL cornerback and her mother is a flight attendant.Like most Americans her favorite surface is hard courts and she admires the Williams sisters and Pete Sampras.

Jackson has a tough draw in this years Open but should get by her first round opponent,Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

She plans to play in more events next year than this and has already set her sights on the Australian Open, a really good surface for her.

Throughout much of her 6 year career Jackson has been a qualifier but based on her performances this year and maybe a strong showing at the Open she could be in the main draw in most tournaments by 2007.

She is truly one of the bright lights of the not so deep American contingent at the Open and should have a breakthrough year in 2007.

Jacson also plays a lot of doubles and will be playing in that event later in the week at the Open.