Jessica Lehnhoff - Could have made it on the Tour? - TennisForum.com
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2002, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
brunof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Michelle Kwan Rocks
Posts: 4,932
                     
Jessica Lehnhoff - Could have made it on the Tour?

I was reading through Tennis Magazine and there was an article on former child prodigies that never made it big on the tour. One of those, was Jessica Lehnhoff, who I guess scored big as a junior, but chose college over the tour. Anyone ever heard of her, or seen her play? She finished the 1997 Junior year at 9, the year Cara Black dominated the junior field. From what I read, which was just a blurp, is she was a solid baseliner with excellent footspeed. Any thoughts?
brunof is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2002, 11:19 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 5,793
                     
I remember her. I never saw her play, though, just saw her results and was hoping she would get good for the United States, because at that time I thought we really needed someone young coming up. I cheered for Jackie Trail in the juniors around the same time, too. Too bad neither of them ever cracked the top 100, but I'm sure Jackie will sometime!!.

Venus Williams-Ana Ivanovic-Serena Williams-Vika Azarenka-Caroline Wozniacki

McHale-Stephens-Watson-Robson-Townsend

Brodsky-Muhammad-Hampton-Keys-Crawford-Andrews-Hardebeck
ptkten is offline  
post #3 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2002, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
brunof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Michelle Kwan Rocks
Posts: 4,932
                     
Thanks for the information. Luckily the United States appears to be sitting in good stead with newcomers Shaughnessy, Melien Tu, Lilia Osterloh, Stevenson, etc. Hopefully we can see a few new Americans rise in the rankings this year!

ptkten - Can you tell me a bit about Jackie? What has drawn you to this player? Type of game etc? I've seen a bit of her on the Challenger Circuit, but not much else, other than a few US Open's a while back I believe.
brunof is offline  
 
post #4 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2002, 11:54 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 5,793
                     
She said she likes hardcourts the best but clay as well. Her game is definitely suited for fast surfaces, though, I think. She, like most Americans, is a baseliner that hits the ball hard of both sides. I would say her weaknesses are that she tends to overhit and she's not the best mover. I saw her in Philadelphia qualies one time, and from then on I really liked her. I cheered for her here on the board and then she emailed me, asking me why I cheered for her and how nice it was having support from people, and we've kept in contact, so I've continued my support.

Venus Williams-Ana Ivanovic-Serena Williams-Vika Azarenka-Caroline Wozniacki

McHale-Stephens-Watson-Robson-Townsend

Brodsky-Muhammad-Hampton-Keys-Crawford-Andrews-Hardebeck
ptkten is offline  
post #5 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2002, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
brunof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Michelle Kwan Rocks
Posts: 4,932
                     
Cool! Thanks for the info! Best of luck to Jackie, hopefully she can crack the prized top 100! Go Jackie! I'll add her to my signature! Maybe I can get an email!
brunof is offline  
post #6 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2002, 07:04 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 11,834
                     
Jessica played a couple of $10K events in Florida last month with decent results.

I wouldn't be surprised if the decided to turn pro after graduating.
Rising Sun is offline  
post #7 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2002, 03:08 PM
Jem
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 2,309
                     
I saw Jessica play at the NCAA tournament in Stone Mountain, Ga., last year. She's a solid all-court player, who did herself a great favor by playing collegiate tennis and getting an education. She had so-so results as a junior, and it would have been a grave mistake had she gone pro at a young age. She's somewhat small in stature, and that will make it tough for her in the pros. However, four years of college probably have matured her quite a bit, and she may be able to carve out some decent results, similarly to those of Dawn Buth. I'd be surprised if she cracked the top 100, but she may have the potential.

Jackie Trail is a great example of how NOT to let your career progress. She came out of nowhere one year to win the U.S. 18 junior title, which gave her a wildcard into the U.S. Open, where she won her first match. She promptly turned pro and has struggled ever since. She should have waited on the pros and tested herself more against junior competition.
Jem is offline  
post #8 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2002, 03:14 PM
Senior Member
 
TheBoiledEgg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: in Cloud Cuckoo Land
Posts: 180,942
                     
too right Jim

but Jessica has more talent than Jackie ever did.

Good luck to my favs

AZARENKA

*Kuznetsova*Sharapova**Vesnina*Shvedova*Kulichkova*Kasatkina*Pavlyuchenkova*Makarova
Diatchenko*Pivovarova*Gasparyan*Leykina*Zhuk*Potapova*Pervushina*Govortsova*Vikhlyantseva*Komardina*
MINELLA TsurenkoAlize Lim*El Tabakh*Robson*Cirstea
*Juhaszova*Zanevska*Broady*Bouchard*
Cetkovska*Svitolina*
*Bellis*Soylu*Sibille*Uberalova*Eden Silva*
http://www.twitter.com/TheBoiledEgg
TheBoiledEgg is offline  
post #9 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2002, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
brunof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Michelle Kwan Rocks
Posts: 4,932
                     
Thanks for the added input! Do you guys know of anyone else who was a strong US Junior player, only to not make it big on the tour?

It would be cool to see Jessica come back on to the tour. I do have to agree, it's good that she went to college, it has to be a good feeling to have something to fall back on. She has time if she wants, she's only 22 or so. What do you guys think of Dawn Burth? She seems to do well on the Challengers and pops up occasionally in tier events. How about Brie Rippner? I know she reached the third round at Wimbledon one year, but has been out injured. Best of luck to Jessica, and all those who are trying to make it back up
brunof is offline  
post #10 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2002, 08:47 PM
Senior Member
 
TheBoiledEgg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: in Cloud Cuckoo Land
Posts: 180,942
                     
Dawn Buth is the size of Meilen Tu but has no power either. She wasn't much of a junior player.

Melissa Middleton (jr top 10 98) is another one struggling around 300 mark

Ashley Harkleroad may be another that really doesn't breakthru as I can see some other US players younger than her moving ahead of her.


US have only had 3 players in last 5 years in top 10 junior ranks
Lehnhoff
Middleton and now Harkleroad.

Good luck to my favs

AZARENKA

*Kuznetsova*Sharapova**Vesnina*Shvedova*Kulichkova*Kasatkina*Pavlyuchenkova*Makarova
Diatchenko*Pivovarova*Gasparyan*Leykina*Zhuk*Potapova*Pervushina*Govortsova*Vikhlyantseva*Komardina*
MINELLA TsurenkoAlize Lim*El Tabakh*Robson*Cirstea
*Juhaszova*Zanevska*Broady*Bouchard*
Cetkovska*Svitolina*
*Bellis*Soylu*Sibille*Uberalova*Eden Silva*
http://www.twitter.com/TheBoiledEgg
TheBoiledEgg is offline  
post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2002, 09:52 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Posts: 991
                     
Now that I think about it...where's Holly Parkinson these days?
spotsyboy is offline  
post #12 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2002, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
brunof's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Michelle Kwan Rocks
Posts: 4,932
                     
Thanks again!

Gosh, I hope Melien can really rise up in the rankings, and hopefully match the promise she had as a junior. She too started a bit too early I think.

Good new for Brie Rippner, she has risen from 426 to 324 with some strong challenger results. She reached the finals in Rockford, before falling to 5th seeded Erika DeLone. (Supposidly I've talked to her on AOL, but I doubt it.

How about Sarah Taylor? I'm looking at challenger results, I see she won Fullerton Challenger, with wins over Marissa Irvin, Alison Bradshaw and took out Ansely Cargill in the finals.
Any Americans in the Juniors that could take charge? Does Ashely really have enough power to rise in the rankings? It seems her expectations are quite high, although she hasn't always beaten the top players.

How about the NCAA players? Granville, Cargill, Bradshaw?
brunof is offline  
post #13 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2002, 02:53 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 10,798
                     
Actually I think there are loads of talent coming out of the USTA. Whitney Deason won the Junior Orange Bowl 16's event. Sunitha Rao made it to the Aussie Junior quarters.

The main problem with many of them is perhaps consistency but many of them have serious potential to make a dent on the pro tour.
Jakeev is offline  
post #14 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2002, 02:58 AM
Senior Member
 
TheBoiledEgg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: in Cloud Cuckoo Land
Posts: 180,942
                     
brunof ...... non of them are exactly "spring chickens"

all turned pro a little later.

Bradshaw is gonna find it hard to live up to her mothers past glories.

Sarah is making move in right direction
Brie is always injured sadly for her.
Holly after injuires has slipped badly

Laura Granville has to make a move this yr.
Ansley is starting to.

Sunitha Rao is another tiny girl, but she's got some oooomphh but when it comes to crunch the bigger girls have a little more oooomph.

Good luck to my favs

AZARENKA

*Kuznetsova*Sharapova**Vesnina*Shvedova*Kulichkova*Kasatkina*Pavlyuchenkova*Makarova
Diatchenko*Pivovarova*Gasparyan*Leykina*Zhuk*Potapova*Pervushina*Govortsova*Vikhlyantseva*Komardina*
MINELLA TsurenkoAlize Lim*El Tabakh*Robson*Cirstea
*Juhaszova*Zanevska*Broady*Bouchard*
Cetkovska*Svitolina*
*Bellis*Soylu*Sibille*Uberalova*Eden Silva*
http://www.twitter.com/TheBoiledEgg
TheBoiledEgg is offline  
post #15 of 43 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2002, 05:37 AM
Moderator - Juniors
 
Randy H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 13,079
                     
Jessica's a good player, and I really hope she'll try and go pro after she's done with College. I admire players who care about their education, and I think this choice can be very useful long-term. You never know what's going to happen in tennis, injuries, lack of motivation, etc. so to have education to fall back on is important.

She's also a pretty good doubles player, made last year's US Open 3rd round with Whitney Laiho as a wildcard team.

I agree, many of the junior Americans have talent, but in pros don't cut it because they don't seem to have enough of the physical side. Ashley is a consistent hitter, but match her up with a big hitter and she just can't handle a tough 3 setter with them. I think Bethanie Mattek could be a more promising player than Ashley in the long run personally.
Randy H is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome