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American juniors who fade into obscurity

I was looking at some old draws of US Open girls singles tournaments, and found myself really surprised. Apparently in 2004 an American, Jessica Kirkland, was runner up to Michaella Krajicek. So I searched her name and saw that she had a pretty decent junior career. Where is she now though? I have never heard of her and I believe she is unranked at the moment.

Have there been any other cases like this in recent years? (Like 2004 or so onward) I know having a good junior tennis career doesn't automatically insure a successful pro career, but I think it's odd for talented former top juniors to not even be ranked, or barely ranked at all.

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Re: American juniors who fade into obscurity

Well, there's Jamea Jackson too.

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Re: American juniors who fade into obscurity

I remember Jessica from years ago, 2005 and 2006 she has good runs at IW


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Re: American juniors who fade into obscurity

Jamea. I know her, but she has just been racked with injuries for a while. She barely played last year.
Yeah, I looked up a couple articles and it looked like Jessica had some good runs on the pro tour. I wonder what happened to her.

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college tennis maybe?

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I remember Jessica from years ago, 2005 and 2006 she has good runs at IW
She tried to make a comeback this summer, but retired down 6-2 during her 2nd tourney back . http://www.itftennis.com/womens/play...ayer=100012017
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Re: American juniors who fade into obscurity

Jessica I would like to think that she can push for another comeback, but it might be too unrealistic.

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Daniilidou. Venus. Azarenka. Halep. Wickmayer.
Cornet. Ivanovic. Vesnina.. Vaidisova. Krajicek.
Paszek. Begu. Cirstea. Lisicki. Pavlyuchenkova.
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It was a flu unlike any other. People could be healthy in the morning and dead by nightfall. Others died more slowly, suffocating from the buildup of liquid in their lungs.

Thanks to advances in microbiology, researchers had developed vaccines for many bacterial diseases: smallpox, anthrax, rabies, diphtheria, meningitis. But doctors were helpless to stop the influenza of 1918. Though they knew the disease spread through the air, medical researchers were unable to see the tiny virus through microscopes of the time and incorrectly identified its cause as a bacteria. Vaccines they developed didn't work; the virus was too small, too elusive.

With medical science powerless, many people turned to folk remedies: garlic, camphor balls, kerosene on sugar, boneset tea. Public health officials distributed masks, closed schools; laws forbade spitting on the streets. Nothing worked. And the war was at cross-purposes with the epidemic: the war effort brought people into the streets for rallies and bond drives. They coughed on each other, infected each other. Soldiers traveled in crowded transport ships. The disease spread everywhere.
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Pironkova. Stephens. Tatishvili. McHale. Flipkens.
Grammatikopoulou ~ Papamichail ~ Sakkari
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Re: American juniors who fade into obscurity

I saw Kirkland at 10k Atlanta Q. She only lost 2 points (1 in each set in her Q1 and the girl she played was not even a 3.0 NTRP ). Jessica had a very bad shoulder injury and is still working on it and is trying the best she can.

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Jessica had an interesting game. Slicing, moving to the net, it was different than all the other juniors. I still remember her firy red curly hair too!

Jamea had good results to back up her junior career, but her injuries (mainly that nasty hip) made it almost impossible for her to stay regularly on the tour. I really miss her, such a nice player and a sweetheart!

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Jessica had an interesting game. Slicing, moving to the net, it was different than all the other juniors. I still remember her firy red curly hair too!

Jamea had good results to back up her junior career, but her injuries (mainly that nasty hip) made it almost impossible for her to stay regularly on the tour. I really miss her, such a nice player and a sweetheart!

Me to . I'm hoping she has a change of heart and comes out of retirement in a couple years . I guess it all depends on how her hip feels
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I saw Kirkland at 10k Atlanta Q. She only lost 2 points (1 in each set in her Q1 and the girl she played was not even a 3.0 NTRP ). Jessica had a very bad shoulder injury and is still working on it and is trying the best she can.
This is really sad news. There is only so much she can do. I hope that she is back playing good tennis soon.

Another junior that seemed to disappear was Nicole Pitts. She was the U14s Orange Bowl back in 2000 and had a CHR of 584. She had a win over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez at the WTA New Haven tournament. I read in an article that she's the half sister of prodigy Tornado Ali Black who was a finalist at U12 Eddie Herr this year.

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Tornado Ali Black << Omg, I love that name!
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