Here is the article TennisILove09 posted from the Charleston newspaper, in which Ashley is compared to Agassi. I remember Hingis used to compare herself to Agassi as well, which made sense to me. Agassi may be able to strike some great winners, but he wins most of his points by speed, fitness, consistency, and an ability to use the angles of the court to move the opponent around until a) they make an error or b) there's an opening for a winner. Which is also what Hingis could do at her height. Very different from the defensive play of someone like Coetzer I think.
Harkleroad advances with her court savvy
By JAMES BECK
April 11 2003
The Post and Courier
What makes Ashley Harkleroad such a good, young talent?
It's as simple as understanding the dynamics of tennis and a tennis court. She works the court and her opponent, turning a rectangular patch of surface into her ally.
Harkleroad is years ahead of her 17 years and 11 months in tennis court maturity. She's a women's version of Andre Agassi.
This perky blonde from Florida is in today's quarterfinals of the Family Circle Cup. And, yes, she is capable of being in Sunday's final.
Harkleroad seems to absorb everything that is happening around her on a tennis court. It's as if she feeds that information into a computer, then delivers the strike that disarms her opponent, in this case, 11th-seeded Meghann Shaughnessy with ease, 6-2, 6-2.
But any plan is no better than its execution. Harkleroad has the tennis strokes to back up her smarts. She moves the ball around in Agassi fashion. She pulls her opponent farther and farther off the court, while always aware of the smallest opening and what it takes to put the ball in that unreturnable position.
Tall and thin Daniela Hantuchova will have her hands full with Harkleroad in the quarterfinals. The outcome will depend on how well Harkleroad handles the pressure of playing on the stadium court.