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BK4ever
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:20 PM
Ashley :bounce: :bounce:

I'm so fucking happy right now...I dont' even know what to do with myself :bounce:

BK4ever
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:26 PM
I had to call back to make sure that my Ashley won...what an impressive scoreline against Bovina and Meg...especially given Meg's current form. I can't wait to read her interview :bounce:

AjdeNate!
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:26 PM
You go girl!! Good luck tomorrow v. Daniela or Jill. Pebbles has been on FIRE this week!!!!!

RAA
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:27 PM
did anyone see the match?
how well/badly did Meghann play??
good result for Ashley, but Meghann needs to win these sorts of matches...

BK4ever
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:29 PM
ESPN never switched to it, but it might be because their is no camera on the court they were playing on...

selesfan
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:29 PM
Go Ashley!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: Congrats! Yesterday's win was not a fluke. :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: I am so happy for her.

AjdeNate!
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:32 PM
Scary Joe & Pam said she was playing 'unbelievable tennis' this week. And that 'all of her hard work is beginning to pay off with some quality tennis'.

BK4ever
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:33 PM
She is on the bottom...plays the winner of Hantuchova/Craybas...

Keith
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:35 PM
Wow... hope she can keep up the form!

vs1
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:35 PM
Wow!!! Very impressive win for Ashley! Nice string of wins over very solid players. Great for her confidence! She can definitely get into the semi's the way she is playing! Congratulations! :D :D :D

BK4ever
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:42 PM
I hope Ash can get to the semis...one match at a time for my girl :D

selesfan
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:44 PM
BK could you post Ashley's interview when it is up? My link to the interviews doesn't work. :(

geoepee
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:45 PM
Great win Ashley! Good luck against Daniela tomorrow!

TatiAnnahølic
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:45 PM
omg Ashley im sooo happy for u!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

sartrista7
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:47 PM
Wow... I feel slightly better about Bovina's loss now. If Ashley can take out Bovina and Shaughnessy, beating Hantuchova/Craybas is certainly within reach...

geoepee
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:51 PM
Great win Ashley! Good luck against Daniela tomorrow!
Oops! I forgot that Daniela has one more match! And it's against the green clay court specialist Craybas! Good luck against whoever you play :)

BK4ever
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:58 PM
Ashley is obviously playing fearless tennis...so she should take that same attitude into her next match

Good Luck Babygurl...my #1 Junior Fave :D

treufreund
Apr 10th, 2003, 06:58 PM
This is a great week for Pebbles but I was not to surprised that she beat Shaughnessy who really is not crazy about clay. Still though 2 and 2 is impressive. :D

fleemke³
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:02 PM
what did Ashley eat :eek:
Great win!!!

Julian
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:10 PM
OMG Ashley!! She beat 2, count em 2 great players! And not only that but in 2 easy sets!! Geez..lol

She beat 2 of my faves but she better not get past by Dani ;)

BK4ever
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:38 PM
Ashley will be ranked approximately #70 or somewhere around there...

auntie janie
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:44 PM
OMG, Ash! Again! What an amazing week she is having! :eek: :hearts:

Yes, it is great to see her get the reward for working so very hard. I am thrilled for her! Keep it up, Ash! :D

M&M
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:55 PM
:eek: omg! :eek: congrats :D

Cariaoke
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:55 PM
wow! you go girl! :worship: :eek: :hearts:

Harju.
Apr 10th, 2003, 07:59 PM
Congrats Ashley :D :D :bounce:

OMG :eek: I'm sooo fuckin surprised and happy :D :D :bounce:

Jakeev
Apr 10th, 2003, 08:10 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek:

the cat
Apr 10th, 2003, 08:15 PM
Another amazing and dominant win by Ashley! :eek:

ESPN's terrible tennis coverage continues! ESPN didn't even switch to that match. What fools! American tennis fans have beeen waiting for their next bright female star and here they have a chance to show some of her big upset of Shaunnessy, but they don't. Or can't. LOL! ESPN is so bush league!

I guess BK4ever is back on Ashley's bandwagon. ;) Can I hop back on, too?

I hope ESPN shows Harkleroad versus Hantuchova tomorrow.

BK4ever
Apr 10th, 2003, 08:20 PM
Another amazing and dominant win by Ashley! :eek:

ESPN's terrible tennis coverage continues! ESPN didn't even switch to that match. What fools! American tennis fans have beeen waiting for their next bright female star and here they have a chance to show some of her big upset of Shaunnessy, but they don't. Or can't. LOL! ESPN is so bush league!

I guess BK4ever is back on Ashley's bandwagon. ;) Can I hop back on, too?

I hope ESPN shows Harkleroad versus Hantuchova tomorrow.

When did I jump off Ashley's bandwagon :confused:

The answer is never... :p

Ashley is my #1 Junior fave...I have seen her play many times and thats why I would never doubt her...I know more than most what she is capable of. Plus I have an inside scoop on her and her training.

Ashley is one of my #1 faves and she will remain there forever...get that straight :p

Harju.
Apr 10th, 2003, 08:55 PM
Confirmed..

Harkleroad vs Hantuchova in the next round :worship: tough match, but good luck !! :bounce:

selesfan87
Apr 10th, 2003, 08:59 PM
Its good to see players like Harkleroad making a name for themselves. I'm glad for Zvonereva, as she is playing well too. Next in line, Sharapova!

katrientje
Apr 10th, 2003, 09:03 PM
wow ashley! congratiolations!!!

tennisIlove09
Apr 10th, 2003, 09:09 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: WOW! Congrats Ashley!!

BK4ever
Apr 10th, 2003, 09:58 PM
Ash win have a tough match against Dani...but I just hope she does her best...

ptkten
Apr 10th, 2003, 10:08 PM
Ashley :bounce: :bounce:

Amazing stuff!!!

Ashley vs. Dani in a tier 1 QF is about as good as it has gotten for me in the past year or two considering the luck of my favorites, so may the best player win!

mn73
Apr 10th, 2003, 10:30 PM
Harkleroad Storms Into Family Circle Cup Quarters


Ashley Harkleroad By Brad Falkner
04/11/2003

Ashley Harkleroad aspires to be a top 10 player someday. Today, she played like one. The 17-year-old Harkleroad crushed a seeded player for the second successive match as she swept aside 11th-seeded Meghann Shaughnessy, 6-2, 6-2, today to advance to her first career Tier I quarterfinal at the Family Circle Cup.

The victory came the day after the 5-foot-5 Harkleroad blew ninth-seeded Elena Bovina way by the same 6-2, 6-2, score.

The 23-year-old Shaughnessy, whose hard work in the weight room has helped her pack 15 pounds of muscle onto her 5-foot-11 frame, entered this event coming off an impressive straight-set victory over second-ranked Venus Williams en route to the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open.

With a strong serve and fearsome forehand, Shaughnessy is accustomed to controlling play against lower-ranked opponents. But today, Harkleroad took the court determined to execute a decisive game plan — dictate play from the outset.

"I just went out there ready to go," Harkleroad said. "My coach (former ATP pro Jay
Berger) said: 'Let's take it to her.' I came out just really hitting the ball well."

Hitting with crisp conviction, Harkleroad dominated Shaughnessy for the entire match. Typically, the Harkleroad serve has not been her biggest weapon, but today she won 79 percent of her first-serve points and 67 percent of her second serve points.

Moving quickly across the clay and exploding into her shots from a low crouch, Harkleroad put a brilliant display of baseline tennis, repeatedly forcing Shaughnessy into sideline-to-sideline sprints in a thorough thrashing. Harkleroad hit 23 winners, the majority coming with laser-like precision from the baseline. It was an impressive performance coming against the 19th-ranked player in the world who is extremely fit, on a slow, clay court amid a gusting wind that sometimes blew the ball around.

Controlling the conditions superbly, Harkleroad played with a composed confidence of a player convinced of the outcome of the match before it was even over.

"I was just in the zone I guess," Harkleroad said. "I was not going to hold back from the first point on. I love my forehand and backhand. Today, I just felt like I could not miss."

Harkleroad, who was nicknamed "Pebbles" because she grew up in Flintstone, Georgia, has also been tagged as the "American Anna" for her resemblance to Anna Kournikova. But the teenager who now lives and trains in Wesley Chapel, Florida is establishing her own identity and while she's been tagged with several nicknames, she's making name for herself as a winner now.

In the quarterfinals, Harkleroad meets Daniela Hantuchova in a match featuring two women who could easily pursue careers in the modeling industry.

Due to the WTA age eligibility rule Harkleroad, who does not turn 18 until May 2nd, will not be eligible to compete until next month's German Open.

"It's been pretty fun," Harkleroad said of her Charleston run. "I'm just trying to enjoy every minute of it because this is my last tournament before I turn 18. I plan on playing either the German Open after my birthday."

Doc
Apr 10th, 2003, 11:33 PM
Ashley has always had some talent.

For the first time it seems to be coming through.

the cat
Apr 10th, 2003, 11:49 PM
BK4ever, I was only teasing you! :wavey: BK, we have almost the exact same number of posts. And we live in the same area. It's no wonder we are Ashley Harkleroad and Maria Sharapova fans!

I'm pretty sure Dani will be nervous playing against Ashley the giant slayer! :eek: Ashley is chopping these WTA Amazons down to size! Is Daniela next?

CJ07
Apr 10th, 2003, 11:57 PM
I wouldnt be suprised if Ashley won

but theres too many good players waaay ahead of her (Russians) that are YOUNGER than her

selesfan
Apr 11th, 2003, 12:13 AM
Will Ashley be allowed to play more tournaments after her 18th birthday or does she have to wait until the next calandar year.

Dawn Marie
Apr 11th, 2003, 12:59 AM
congats to you ash.. my money is on Daniela though..

May the best one win.:)

BK4ever
Apr 11th, 2003, 01:04 AM
Cat...I forgive u ;)

Selesfan...Ashley can play unlimited tourneys after May 2nd...

mmcdonald...yes their are Russians ranked ahead Ashley who is ranked higher than her...but in this game...its not where you start, but where you end up. Lets give them all a few years and see who ends up on top ;)

selesfan
Apr 11th, 2003, 01:09 AM
Cat...I forgive u ;)

Selesfan...Ashley can play unlimited tourneys after May 2nd...

mmcdonald...yes their are Russians ranked ahead Ashley who is ranked higher than her...but in this game...its not where you start, but where you end up. Lets give them all a few years and see who ends up on top ;)

Thanks BK! Thats good news. :)

selesfan
Apr 11th, 2003, 01:11 AM
I wouldnt be suprised if Ashley won

but theres too many good players waaay ahead of her (Russians) that are YOUNGER than her

Well she beat a Russian who is older than her yesterday. ;)

mishar
Apr 11th, 2003, 01:14 AM
The only players younger than her in the top 100 are Kuznetsova, Casanova (those two by a couple of months) and Safina. Maybe Svetlana, Myriam, Dinara will be better players than her -- or maybe they just got off to a better start -- but anyway, that's not exactly so many younger players ahead of her -- that's three.

mishar
Apr 11th, 2003, 01:15 AM
Oh and I think Ashley will win tomorrow. She seems to be in the zone and this is not Dani's surface. Ash might even make the final.

BK4ever
Apr 11th, 2003, 01:15 AM
Ashley and Mashona beat Daniela and Dokic in doubles...

I hope Ashley picked up some pointers...her and Dani were probably scouting each other...

Rocketta
Apr 11th, 2003, 02:21 AM
Man I didn't get to see Ashley play at all this week. :sad:

I was going to go the Bovina match but they moved it up and to another court and I was going by the silly schedule they handed us when we went in.

fyi, there are no camera's on the other courts only the stadium court.

Also, I did see Ashley before her first round match. I noticed that she had the much more sturdy body between her and Sharapova(sp?). Sharapova is still too slight if you ask me. When my friend heard her grunt for the first time she asked "who's having sex on the tennis grounds?" and I heard an older lady say, "sounds like someone's having a sexual experience!" I thought it was funny how several people thought the same thing about her grunt. :)

Rocketta
Apr 11th, 2003, 02:23 AM
Another junior that did very well that week was Shadisha Robinson. Apparently she trains at Hilton Head and goes to High School there so she was a crowd favorite. Anyway she won the junior tournament and then qualified for the main tournament which was her first. Her match against Dominikovic was fun cause the crowd was totally for her and Evie was such an irritable wench. LOL It made for good drama. :D

CB
Apr 11th, 2003, 02:37 AM
that's great news!! very impressive :eek:

well done ashley! finally some renovation for the American tennis... let's see if this girl will kick butt when Venus, Serena, Davenport, Capriati and Chanda are away :)

BK4ever
Apr 11th, 2003, 02:46 AM
Man I didn't get to see Ashley play at all this week. :sad:

I was going to go the Bovina match but they moved it up and to another court and I was going by the silly schedule they handed us when we went in.

fyi, there are no camera's on the other courts only the stadium court.

Also, I did see Ashley before her first round match. I noticed that she had the much more sturdy body between her and Sharapova(sp?). Sharapova is still too slight if you ask me. When my friend heard her grunt for the first time she asked "who's having sex on the tennis grounds?" and I heard an older lady say, "sounds like someone's having a sexual experience!" I thought it was funny how several people thought the same thing about her grunt. :)

I'm so sad as well...I've been waiting for you to log on so that I could read you report about her matches...oh well :sad:

Anyway, did ya have fun...I'm seething with envy...

TS
Apr 11th, 2003, 02:55 AM
Wow Ashley :D :bounce:

Is Jay Berger her coach now? How long have they been together? Wasn't she working with Jose Luis Clerc? Must be a new partnership then...Ashley plays well on clay, I wouldn't want to run into her at RG ;)

Rocketta
Apr 11th, 2003, 03:02 AM
I'm so sad as well...I've been waiting for you to log on so that I could read you report about her matches...oh well :sad:

Anyway, did ya have fun...I'm seething with envy...

Yeah I had a great time dispite the rain, cold weather and losing out on two night sessions. :(

If I had known she was your favorite Junior I would've made an attempt to watch her first match. All I did was go take a couple of shots of her. It might of been one shot actually. I can't remember I took way too many pictures. I wish you could've come especially for the qualifying cause everything was soooo open and you could see everyone. :) Oh well there's always next year. I enjoy it its a small tournament but everyone is there. I mean I can't count the times I saw Lindsey and Daniella and countless others. Especially Lindsay, Daniella, & Meghann. They practiced non-stop.

Asmus
Apr 11th, 2003, 03:14 AM
What a surprising result! When Ashley beat Bovina I thought that Bovina must have been playing badly, but now she follows it up with an even better result! I wonder how Meghann was playing, but this is very impressive.

Did anyone see the match?

Vincent
Apr 11th, 2003, 03:32 AM
OMG, what a match for Ashley, it's so surprising.
Good luck Dani, i am for you!:)

Cilla
Apr 11th, 2003, 07:37 AM
:eek:

Congrats Ashley :)