Congrats Ashley, you're fans are glad to see you back on the circuit!!!
Bryans Notch Their Third Doubles Win Of the Season
By Judith Evans
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 8, 2005; Page E10
A Good Comeback
Ashley Harkleroad needed a little over an hour to dispatch Olga Poutchkova, 6-2, 6-1, in the final of the inaugural Legg Mason USTA Pro Circuit tournament. The women's event, which features players attempting to earn points to play on the WTA Tour, was the first in the 37-year history of the tournament.
Harkleroad, who once was ranked at 40 on the WTA, is attempting a comeback after taking 10 months off to heal inflammation in her right elbow and care for her mother, who has skin cancer. The 17-year-old Poutchkova trains at the Tennis Center in College Park.
Harkleroad dominated Poutchkova with stinging ground strokes, forcing the Russian into countless errors. She nabbed the first set in 32 minutes, winning four out of the last five games during which Poutchkova won only six points. After trading break points in the first two games of the second set, Harkleroad reeled off five consecutive games.
"She really hits the ball hard," said Harkleroad, who compared Poutchkova's pace with those of Jennifer Capriati and Venus and Serena Williams.