2001 US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jamea Jackson
Jamea Jackson

Ally Baker
Ally Baker

At The Open With Marcia Frost...

Thursday, August 23rd-Qualifying Day Three
Fourteen year old Jamea Jackson is the story of the day. Unfortunately, it was not because she advanced to the next round.

Jamea was holding her own against Erika De Lone of Boston. She looked strong and confident and -- though she had lost the first set 6-4 -- she did not seem to be overcome by the experienced 28 year old. It all fell apart in the second set.

As she started to serve, Jamea experienced shoulder pain. A trainer was brought in for an evaluation and treatment. Following a three minute medical time-out, play resumed for one point before Jamea realized she could not go on. De Lone moved on to the next round at 6-4,3-0 0-15 retired.

Just prior to the Jackson/De Lone match, another youngster played a few courts away. Fifteen year old Ally Baker was overcome by the much more experienced German Martina Muller. The tiny Muller, especially next to 5'10" Ally, was seeded fourth and proved that she earned that placement. She was confident and barely broke a sweat as she ran Ally around the court.

The teen from North Carolina gave it her all. Just when it looked like it was over and Muller was serving for the match at 6-1,5-2, Ally broke her serve and took control in the next game through three deuces and three match points before Muller hit one better for the win.

On hand to cheer on Ally was Megan Bradley who will be playing doubles with Erin Burdette. Ally is currently scheduled to also play doubles with Jamea Jackson, pending her injury.

Until Tomorrow...

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