Re: Wimbledon -- Grand Slam.
Nick Bollettieri pick :
Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) vs. Ashley Harkleroad (USA)
Mauresmo won this tournament back in 2006, and after winning it she looked to be the most dominant woman on the WTA Tour. Since that time though things have changed and she has dropped all the way to No. 30 in the world. A good showing here would go a very long way for her.
Harkleroad has found herself in the news recently, but not for anything she has done on the court! She comes in ranked No. 76 in the world and in five previous appearances here she has only gotten past the first round one time.
This will be the first time these two have faced in their careers. I feel for Mauresmo. She must have so many questions running through her mind. Anytime you go through a period like she has, there is always self-doubt about your career. She is so talented, but yet it isn’t translating into wins. Harkleroad is a tenacious competitor and doesn’t like to lose. She hits hard and very flat, and can hang with anyone from the baseline power for power. Her serve is decent, but inconsistent and she doesn’t posses a ton of variety. I think the difference in this match will be Mauresmo’s beautiful backhand, her experience, and her knowledge of the game.
Nick’s Pick – Mauresmo in 3 sets