A list of the dispatched:
25th ranked Lucie Safarova from the Czech Republic
150th ranked Anna Karoline Schmiedlova from Slovakia
7th ranked (and one time Wimbledon champ) Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic
And who did the dispatching? Auburn’s own Jamie Hampton. The 2008 AHS graduate is taking Roland Garros by storm, part of the best group of US women to compete there in almost 10 years. Bad back? No problem. Clay courts? Bring it on. Highly ranked tennis pros from former Soviet Bloc nations that may or may not need to buy a vowel? Whatevs… Jamie Hampton has taken on all comers, and looks as good as a Crepe Suzette.
18th ranked Jelena Jankovic from Serbia. Yep, she meets the aforementioned qualifications. Wouldn’t confirm that extra night at the hotel just yet, Jelena. Destiny is knocking, and her name is Jamie Hampton. She’s coming, and she’s bringing her Auburn shirt with her.
Here’s a Q&A SI did with her the other day.
Rich Perkins hosts The Drive, a weekday sports call-in show heard in Auburn on ESPN 106.5 and around the universe at espnau.com. He also has a little blog he occasionally updates with things that mostly amuse only him. Also, he thinks the movie Diner is one of the greatest movies of all time. Don’t ask.
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