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Harkelroad: The next GWH or just an American version of Anna?

Ashley Harkelroad is playing well and rising fast and is being heralded as the "next big thing" in U.S. tennis.
With her aggressive style of play, Ashley could be a future top twenty player, but is no immediate threat to VENUS or SERENA at this time. She may not become a real Grand Slam threat until she is 24 or 25, which, coincidently may be about the time that the WILLIAMS have gone on to other careers.



However, with her youth and cuteness she will be pumped as the U.S. version of Anna K. by some promoters and agents, but hopefully that fact will not come to pass.
It is doubtful that Ashley will be an Anna.
She may actually win a singles title.

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Well, it's not all about Venus, Serena, or Anna.... and most importantly, Ashley has been the #1 ranked USA Junior for the better part of 2 years.
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Could someone please tell me what type of grip is that that Ashley has. It sure looks awkward. I know nothing about grips.
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No offense to you Teerexx but this GWH thing is getting really tired. Considering there aren't that many black tennis players out there , wouldn't that make anyone that is hyped the next GWH. All this is getting so old imo.

The only time the GWH is useful(if at all) is in a sport traditional not won by white/caucasian such as boxing (specifically heavyweight, not sure about the other weight divisions). When is the last time a white guy has been Champion. Or maybe even Basketball, but the term looses its purpose when you use it in a sport that is the majority white.
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why people still mentioning Anna. she is all crap.. even Harkelroad is better...

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No offense to you Teerexx but this GWH thing is getting really tired. Considering there aren't that many black tennis players out there , wouldn't that make anyone that is hyped the next GWH. All this is getting so old imo.

The only time the GWH is useful(if at all) is in a sport traditional not won by white/caucasian such as boxing (specifically heavyweight, not sure about the other weight divisions). When is the last time a white guy has been Champion. Or maybe even Basketball, but the term looses its purpose when you use it in a sport that is the majority white.

Uh you dont have to be white to be a great white hope, hello!

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True ....but that still doesn't change the point of my post.
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Yeah I think this "Great White Hope" thing is a bit nonsensical to be honest, it's wearing a bit thin.

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Ashley will be better than Anna, Serena or Venus..and much more beaufitul!

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Anna is better than Harkleroad at this point
Harkleroad really didnt impress me much against Henin. I'm sure she played better in her other matches, but i have a hunch it was 60% them playing poorly and 40% her. Also, her forehand and her serve will prevent her from the top 10 and her grunt (as stupid as it seems) is way to defensive, it sounds like shes asking you to stop beating her
Ashley has a nice future, but the russians and bartoli i believe will have better careers
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and her grunt (as stupid as it seems) is way to defensive, it sounds like shes asking you to stop beating her

Thats hilarious...... damn I wish I had taped Justine and Ashley.
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I don't think the Anna-angle will come into Ashley's marketing any more. Ashley accomplished more this week (beating 3 top-20 players -- 2 of them top-10 -- back-to-back) than Anna has done in a single week in years.

They will exploit her looks, to be sure, but to bring Anna's name in is no longer a compliment to an athlete, and the marketers know that.

Best of luck to yougn Ashley. I hope she gets sound advice and concentrates on tennis, and not on cheesy photo shoots featuring cowgirl outfits with unbuttoned blouses.
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mmc...we'll forgive you because you know little about the game of tennis

Why are you obsessed with comparing Ash to all those Russian girls...if you knew enough, you would know that Ash has more variety than all of them put together and that with her game it will take her longer to come good...but trust me, she will...BTW, the last time Ash played Sveta and Bartoli...she beat them

Look how old Juju was when she first made a splash...

It will take her longer to come good, but she will...even with that western forehand grip...

TR...lets not start the GWH shite again...trust me when I tell ya that Ash does not want that tag...nor does she give a shit about wanting to be a media hyped player like Anna (not that its Anna's fault)...

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No offense to you Teerexx but this GWH thing is getting really tired. Considering there aren't that many black tennis players out there , wouldn't that make anyone that is hyped the next GWH. All this is getting so old imo.

The only time the GWH is useful(if at all) is in a sport traditional not won by white/caucasian such as boxing (specifically heavyweight, not sure about the other weight divisions). When is the last time a white guy has been Champion. Or maybe even Basketball, but the term looses its purpose when you use it in a sport that is the majority white.
Great post as always!
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Anna is better than Harkleroad at this point
Harkleroad really didnt impress me much against Henin. I'm sure she played better in her other matches, but i have a hunch it was 60% them playing poorly and 40% her. Also, her forehand and her serve will prevent her from the top 10 and her grunt (as stupid as it seems) is way to defensive, it sounds like shes asking you to stop beating her
Ashley has a nice future, but the russians and bartoli i believe will have better careers
Thats what you keep telling us
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