Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Bremond, Jackson, Rolle among seven awarded wild cards
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Severine Bremond, a 2006 Wimbledon quarterfinalist, and former U.S. Fed Cup players Jamea Jackson and Ahsha Rolle were among seven women awarded wild-card entries into the U.S. Open by the USTA on Wednesday.
The others are Americans Gail Brodsky, Asia Muhammad, Melanie Oudin and CoCo Vandeweghe. An Australian player will also receive a wild card.
Bremond, ranked No. 124, will compete through a reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation, which granted a wild card into the French Open to a player picked by the USTA. This will be her 20th consecutive Grand Slam appearance. She reached a career-best ranking of No. 34 in February.
The 17-year-old Brodsky earned her wild card by winning the USTA Girls' 18s national championship last weekend in Berkeley, Calif.
Jackson was ranked in the top 50 at the end of 2006 but spent much of last year recovering from hip surgery. Rolle reached the third round of the last year's U.S. Open as a qualifier.