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So how well is Ashley ACTUALLY playing?

Alright Ashley Harkleroad is in the semifinals in the biggest tournament of her career. And she has gotten there by easily handling three great powerful players, losing only 11 games between the three of them.

But I am not seeing many comments about how she is playing these matches. Did she dictate the points? Did the other players basically unhinge? What's the scoop guys?

ANd do we have to call her Pebbles? Ugh...........(sorry getting cranky again)
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2003, 10:11 PM
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Well the FCC site sucks ass, no match summarys. So I have no idea, I bet pretty damn good though. She demolished Dani like she was injured. dayum. Ashley

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Well, Pebs only hit 2 unforced errors the entire match against Bovina. That goes to show good control and not hitting wild shots. I haven't seen her play this week, but to beat those she has and by the scores she has.... she must be doing something right.
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Yes, please don't call her Pebbles

One match, I can see it being some half and half: she plays well, her opponent plays poorly. Two matches, I start to think that the girl must be playing some good tennis. Three matches and I think that she might as well be Ashley Williams (ok, not really, but you get my point ).

But then again, I really have no idea as I haven't gotten a chance to watch her, so I didn't really answer your question.

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LOL, theres gonna be alot of bandwagon jumpers this week....... Go Ashley!
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Well she does look a lot fitter than I remember. Great thing about clay is that playing defensive tennis can win matches for you. So she must be playing awesome defense.
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There's an article on another thread in which a reporter describes her game as "Agassi-like". Whether its true or not, I don't know. But I suppose she must be doing something right.
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LOL, theres gonna be alot of bandwagon jumpers this week....... Go Ashley!
Who, moi?!?
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I guess she will be a msytery until we all see her...but I remember Chris Evert describing her and she said her game was a lot like Martina Hingis' game.
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I only saw her play once and that was against Meilen Tu at the 2001 U.S. Open. The only thing i remembered is she had a similar game to Meilen. Mostly defensive play and not a lot of power.

Now she was younger then and I thought she did not have the game to be a bigger tennis star. But if someone is suggesting she is Agassi-like, then perhaps she has become a more powerful slugger.

Just wondering.
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If she does play like Martina, I'm definately a fan...

I guess I'll see on Sunday..
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Whats wrong with Pebbles, I think its cute, esp since shes from Flinstone :-)

Anyway...she looks more grown up then last year at the OPEN. Normally I would want to see Serena/Lindsay (assuming), but I really hope to see what all the fuss is about :-)
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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.
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The only thing that I have heard about her tennis playing this week at FCC is that it has been clean. To take out the players that she had taken out, she has to be doing something right.

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