Jamea Jackson

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Jamea Jackson
Jamea Jackson.jpg
Country  United States
Residence Bradenton, Florida, USA
Born (1986-09-07) September 7, 1986 (age 28)
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Turned pro 2003
Retired August 24, 2009
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 455,220
Singles
Career record 120–87
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF titles
Highest ranking No. 45 (November 13, 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2006)
French Open 2R (2006)
Wimbledon 2R (2005, 2006)
US Open 2R (2006)
Doubles
Career record 7–23
Career titles 0 WTA, 0 ITF titles
Highest ranking No. 266 (October 30, 2006)
Last updated on: February 26, 2010.

Jamea Jackson (/əˈmə/ juh-MEE-ah;[1][2] born September 7, 1986) is a female American former tennis player. She reached a singles ranking of 45 in the world at the end of 2006. Jackson was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. She was announced as the Assistant Coach of the Oklahoma State University Women's Tennis Team in August 2009.[3]

Tennis career[edit]

She won two ITF Women's Circuit singles titles. The first was a $10,000 hard-court event in 2003 in Dallas, Texas. The second was a $50,000 hard-court event in 2004 in Tucson, Arizona.

She began her tennis career on the ITF Junior Circuit where, in 2003, was ranked in the top 20 in the world in both singles and doubles. She turned professional that same year and competed the next few years on the ITF Women's Circuit. In 2004, began playing more WTA events and began a full schedule in 2005, when she cracked the top 100 in the world. In 2006, Jamea had her best year of her career, compiling a 26–22 singles record. Jackson is the first tennis player ever to use the instant replay system in a tour level match, challenging a call in her first round win at the 2006 Nasdaq 100 Open in Miami, against compatriot Ashley Harkleroad. The call ended up being wrong, and Harkleroad challenged later in the match, becoming the first person to correctly challenge. Jackson ended up winning in a battle 7–5,6–7(3–7),7–5. She led the United States Fed Cup team to a victory over Germany that same year. She won both her matches to notch the win for the U.S. She defeated Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Martina Müller to guide the USA into the next round. Jackson reached her first WTA Tour final on June 17, 2006 when she beat both Jelena Janković and Maria Sharapova in Birmingham on grass. However, she was defeated by Vera Zvonareva in the final match of the DFS Classic in a tight two-setter. At the tailend of 2006 and her short 2007 seasons, Jamea suffered a recurring hip injury requiring surgery. In April 2008, after 8 months away from the tour, she came back at a $75,000 ITF event in Dothan, Alabama. She won 6 consecutive matches, 3 in qualifying and then 3 in the main draw before giving a walkover to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. She did not play her next event until the U.S. Open Series, where she scored an upset win over Marion Bartoli. She played her final match at the 2008 US Open, losing to seed Alyona Bondarenko losing 2–6,6–3,6–2. She officially retired from pro tennis on August 24, 2009 due to her recurring hip injury, as well as her coaching position at Oklahoma State University.

Singles Titles (0 WTA, 2 ITF)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV & V (0)
ITF Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 22 June 2003 ITF / Dallas, Texas, United States Hard United States Angela Haynes 7–6(7–5), 6–3
2. 21 November 2004 ITF / Tucson, Arizona, United States Hard Canada Stéphanie Dubois 7–6(7–5), 7–5

Singles Finalist (1 WTA, 1 ITF)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships
Tier I (0)
Tier II (0)
Tier III (1)
Tier IV & V (1)
ITF Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. May 16, 2004 ITF / Charlottesville, Virginia, United States Clay United States Marissa Irvin 6–3,7–6(7–5)
2. June 18, 2006 WTA/ Birmingham, United Kingdom Grass Russia Vera Zvonareva 7–6(14–12),7–6(7–5)

Grand Slam Singles Timeline[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Career Record
Australian Open A A 2R A A 1–1
French Open A A 2R 1R A 1–2
Wimbledon A 2R 2R 1R A 2–3
U.S. Open 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–5
Yearly Record 0–1 1–2 4–4 0–3 0–1 5–11

A = did not participate in the main draw of the tournament.

Personal[edit]

Jamea started playing tennis at age 8. Her father, Ernest, played in the NFL as cornerback for the New Orleans Saints, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Detroit Lions. Her mother, Ruby, wrote Flying High: Diary of a Flight Attendant [2], based on her flight attendant career that lasted over 30 years. She has an older brother, Jarryd Jackson. Jamea was hired as assistant coach at Oklahoma State University with her real emphasis on mentoring the players, as well as recruiting.

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