Jamie Hampton, a rising American star
2013 has truly been a breakout year for world number 26, Jamie Hampton, who is now third-best American woman behind Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens, after a strong European season.
One of the highlights of Jamie’s year is no doubt defeating Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals in Eastbourne – a sweet revenge win against the number four player who had previously beat her four straight times. Jamie then went on to defeat former number one, Carolina Wozniacki in her first career final. In the same tournament, Hampton also defeated Kiwi hope, Marina Erakovic, en route to the semi-final.
Other notable victories for Hampton this year include wins over former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova as well as victories over Roberta Vinci and Kaia Kinepi. The American reached the quarterfinals in Osaka in October, and her season featured a handful of wins over top 30 players including Jelena Jankovic in Indian Wells and Daniela Hantuchova in the opening round at Wimbledon.
Asked what has been the key to her recent success, she said, "I’m a little bit of a different player than I was. I’m stronger, I’m fitter. I’m faster. My shot selection is better. I’m trying to apply my game against the best players in the world. My ranking has improved so I’m getting more and more opportunities to play their game, what they bring to the table every day.”
For 2014, Hampton will start her year at the ASB Classic for the third time. Coached by Jason Parker, she considers athleticism and shot variety as her strengths.
Jamie’s will play her first match of the ASB Classic today on centre court against wildcard, Tamira Paszek (AUT).