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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?
 

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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!!.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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! :)
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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too right Jim

but Jessica has more talent than Jackie ever did.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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cool
i think Jessica's a great player from what i just read here.... good luck 2 her!

but i hope tht among all the juniors now... ansley cargill would make it big
she seems like a great player...

GO ANSLEY !!
 

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Thanks for the replies. It's kinda ironic that the US doesnt have huge hitting juniors coming up in the ranks, provided we have so many big babes ranked higher up. Maybe we will have a player like Meghann Shaughnessy come up out of no where. (Somewhat) Thanks again guys! :)
 

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Just to bump up an old subject, to shed new light on and maybe get some more discussion going.

What is Jessica's personality?

Since she began playing at the Challenger level, she has rocketed to 333 in the world, and has already won a low pocketing title.

Here are her 2002 results -

Gainsville, Florida 10K - Tiff Dabek def. Jessica Lehnhoff, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2

Allentown, Penn. 25K - Round one - Jessica Lehnhoff def. Yvonne Doyle, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

Round 2 - Jessica Lehnhoff def. Maria Fernanda Alves, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4

Quarterfinals - Jessica Hehnhoff def. Katia Afinogenova, 7-6, 6-3

Semifinals - Lindsay Lee Waters def. Jessica Lehnhoff, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5

Dallas, Texas 10K -

Round one - Jessica Lehnhoff def. Michelle Colaninni, 6-0, 6-1
Round 2 - Jessica Lehnhoff def. Neha Uberoi, 6-4, 6-3
Quarterfinals - Jessica Lehnhoff def. Katja Kovac, 7-5, 6-2
Semifinals - Jessica Lehnhoff def. Melissa Torres, 6-4, 6-3
Finals - Jessica Lehnhoff def. Wukirasih Sawondari, 6-2, 6-1

College Park, Mary. - 25K -

Round one - Jessica Lehnhoff def. Alyssa Cohen, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
Round 2 - Mirjana Lucic def. Jessica Lehnhoff, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0

Oyster Bay, New York - 50K -

Qual 1 - def. Bea Bielik, 6-0, 6-3
Qual 2 - def. Shenay Perry, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2
Qual 3 - def. Renata Kolbovic, 6-3, 6-3
Round 1 - def. Gabriela Lastra, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Round 2 - def. Ansley Cargill, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
Quarterfinals - def. Miho Saeki, 6-4, 6-4
Semifinals - Yoon-Jeong Cho def. Jessica Lehnhoff, 7-6, 7-6

Impressive stuff from the educated young woman! It would be great to see another American come out and do some damage on the tour? Another Meghann Shaughnessy or Lisa Raymond? Gosh, I hope so! :)
Go Jessica!
 

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Yeah...she has certainly showed some promise in her first year on tour so far. However, a lot of players have success their first couple of events and then struggle so we'll have to wait and see whether she keeps improving or steadies off. I really hope she does well because we do need some new good young Americans. However, Ashley Harkleroad also is beginning to have some success on the pro tour too. I've never seen Lehnhoff so I don't know much about her personality though
 

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Thanks for the info again Ptkten! :)

Yeah, it will be interesting to see who will come up big for the United States when we see our wave of veterans retire eventually. (Lindsay, Monica, Jennifer, Chanda, Amy)

I guess one never knows who will come out from the shadows...

Also, I have heard of Jackie Trail, but don't know alot about her...Do you know her?
 
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