Originally Posted by Chris_G
Nope, it stopped being automatic a few years ago because foreign born players started winning the NCAA title. It's a girl from Hungary this year and you can bet the USTA won't give her jack. Speaking of college players, though, I think Kristi Miller's got a real shot at a qualifying WC. She's #2 in the NCAA rankings and already got a wild card into the main draw of doubles at last year's Open. (She and Megan Bradley won a round before losing to Morariu/Schnyder).
Although you can bet that the minute an "American" born girl wins the NCAA championships, she will get a main draw WC into the US Open. The last NCAA champion to get a WC into the Open was Amber Liu when she won her second consecutive NCAA singles title in 2004.
As you mentioned, Suzi Babos who is Hungarian but plays for Cal won this year's event. In 2005, the winner was Zuzana Zemenova, also a foreign player.