NCAA singles champ Jackson among eight to get wild cards

8/16/2007 - Tennis

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- NCAA singles champion Audra Cohen was among eight women granted U.S. Open wild cards by the U.S. Tennis Association on Thursday.

Cohen, who played college tennis at Miami, was joined by Americans Lauren Albanese, Madison Brengle, Alexa Glatch, Jamea Jackson, Ahsha Rolle and Ashley Weinhold, along with Australia's Jessica Moore, in receiving spots in the main draw of the year's last Grand Slam tournament.

Albanese, Brengle, Glatch, Weinhold and Moore are all 17. Moore's wild card is part of a deal with Tennis Australia, which will give a wild card for the 2008 Australian Open to a player chosen by the USTA.

Jackson finished 2006 ranked in the top 50 for the first time but missed the first five months of this season recovering from hip surgery and is now No. 202.

The U.S. Open starts Aug. 27.