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Selesfan you are wrong. She clearly states that she doesn't mind being compared to Anna Kournikova in the looks department. She states they play differently. In other words she would like the media to talk about her looks. She clearly said the term "pretty" refering to Anna BEFORE she said her "tennis".
Ashley Harkleroad Rock & Rally Chat Transcript
Ashley, is there a girl on tour that you're dying to play against?
Probably the girl I most want to play against is Anna Kournikova.
Ashley, what do you like to do on your time off?
I like to relax, go to the beach, read, watch TV, go to the movies, go shopping. It really depends on how I feel that day!
How does it feel to be dubbed the "American Anna?"
I take it as a compliment because she's very pretty and a good tennis player. I feel we are different because we don't play the same style of tennis. She's Russian, I'm American. Again, she's very pretty and a great player so I like to be compared to her.
Ashley, how did you first start out playing tennis? How old?
I was four. My father took me to the courts every day after school and in the summer. I really started to enjoy it and wanted to play more and more.
Do you have any role models as far as tennis champions you admire?
Chris Evert. I felt like she always handled herself very well in public. She was so graceful to watch. She always had a smile whether she won or lost. I think that's a great way to be. She seemed like she had good sportsmanship.
What's it been like participating in USA Tennis Month?
It's been so much fun and I'm really happy that they chose me to be a part of it. It's such a big week for me...tomorrow's my birthday!
Ashley -- in what ways has your mom influenced you?
So it's been great to be involved in such a great event this week! My mom is not only there for my tennis, but in my normal life when I have problems. It's great to have someone to talk to about things outside of tennis. She could be my best friend.
which tournis are next for Ash?
I have two tournaments coming up. One in Sea Isle Virginia, one in Georgia. Sorry...Sea Isle Georgia.Then I head off to Europe for three weeks.
With tomorrow being your birthday...what are your goals for next year?
To get better and better every day. Of course I want to imporve my ranking and win some tournaments, so I'll just need to focus on my tennis every day and always improve.
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