Ashley Harkleroad

Ashley Harkleroad Adams is an American former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high ranking in singles of No. 39 on June 9, 2003.

Ashley Harkleroad Adams
Ashley Harkleroad
Harkleroad playing with World TeamTennis, 2007
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
BornMay 2, 1985 (age 33)
Rossville, Georgia
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Turned pro2000
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Prize money$1,022,094
Career record213–140
Career titles8 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 39 (June 9, 2003)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2007)
French Open3R (2003)
Wimbledon2R (2006)
US Open2R (2003)
Career record96–77
Career titles5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 39 (January 27, 2007)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2007)
French OpenQF (2008)
Wimbledon3R (2006)
US Open3R (2002, 2006)
Wimbledon JuniorW (2001)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2003)
US OpenQF (2007)


Harkleroad turned professional on June 12, 2000, after she turned 15 years old. Her debut was at the ITF tournament in Largo, Florida, in 1999. The following year she played her first WTA qualifying event in Miami, Florida and her first Grand Slam tournament at the US Open. In 2001, she returned to the same events while improving her status on the ITF Women's Circuit. In 2002, she won her first matches, reaching the second round at San Diego, Hawaii, and Bratislava, where she made her first doubles semifinal with partner María Emilia Salerni. She ended 2002 in the top 200 for the first time in her career.

Her breakthrough year was 2003, when at Charleston Harkleroad defeated three top-20 players (No. 16 Elena Bovina, No. 19 Meghann Shaughnessy, and No. 9 Daniela Hantuchová), losing just eleven games along the way to reach her first semifinal, before losing to Justine Henin-Hardenne. She became the lowest-ranked semifinalist (No. 101) in the event's history since unranked Jennifer Capriati reached the finals in 1990.

With that performance, Harkleroad climbed from No. 101 to climb to No. 56. She then reached the semifinals again at Strasbourg and scored her second top-10 win and second over Daniela Hantuchová at Roland Garros while reaching the third round. It was the second time she had passed the first round at a Grand Slam event. On June 9, 2003, she entered the top 50 at No. 39 and reached the final in doubles at the Japan Open in Tokyo.

In 2004, Harkleroad made her career first Tour final in Auckland, losing to defending champion Eleni Daniilidou. For most of the 2005 season, Harkleroad sat out due to various injuries and an illness in the family, but the time she was on court was spent on the ITF circuit, winning two titles. She did, however, reach a tour doubles final at Quebec City.


Harkleroad played her second main-tour event since 2005 at Auckland, qualifying for the main draw, only to fall in the opening round. She failed to qualify at Sydney, before reaching the second round of the Australian Open (as a qualifier), where she pushed world No. 4 Maria Sharapova in a tough match. On her way, she upset a higher-ranked opponent, Peng Shuai of China. This performance saw Harkleroad break back into the top 100 at No. 83. Harkleroad ended 2006 at No. 86 in singles and No. 55 in doubles.


Ashley Harkleroad 2007 Australian Open womens doubles R1
Harkleroad during her first-round women's doubles match at the 2007 Australian Open (age 22)

Harkleroad was selected for the US team in the Hopman Cup after Venus Williams withdrew. She and partner Mardy Fish went 0–3 in the event. Harkleroad pushed Tatiana Golovin to three sets, before losing the match. Harkleroad lost to Nadia Petrova and to Alicia Molik. Harkleroad started out the main WTA season in Hobart, Tasmania. She lost in the first round to Austrian Sybille Bammer. Bammer eventually defeated Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. She lost to Daniela Hantuchová in the third round of the Australian Open. In the previous rounds, she beat Meng Yuan of China, and upset 17th seeded German Anna-Lena Grönefeld.

Harkleroad struggled in the clay-court season and finished in the second round at Roland Garros, losing to Venus Williams. Harkleroad was down before rebounding and holding set points. During this match, Williams hit the fastest recorded women's main-draw serve,[1] a record which Venus broke during the following US Open.[2]

In the grass-court season, Harkleroad played the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament for the second straight year as her Wimbledon warm-up. In 2006, she had lost in the final to Caroline Wozniacki. In 2007, however, she defeated Wozniacki in the final to win the event. But she lost to Roberta Vinci, a good grass-court player, in the first round of Wimbledon.

In the US Open Series, Harkleroad failed to qualify at the Acura Classic, but qualified in Los Angeles and reached the second round, before falling to Roland Garros runner-up Ana Ivanovic. At the US Open, Harkleroad fell to Ioana Raluca Olaru. She then played in San Francisco, where she won $50,000 at the ITF event for the second consecutive year. Harkleroad ended the season by winning a $75,000 challenger in Pittsburgh and a $50,000 challenger in La Quinta back to back. She ended the year ranked No. 76, her second-highest year-end to date. Harkleroad also won the doubles title in La Quinta with Christina Fusano, and finished the year with a 29–20 record in singles and a 13–11 record in doubles.


Starting the year off as usual in Auckland, Harkleroad reached the second round, defeating eighth seed Émilie Loit, before losing to home-crowd wild card Marina Erakovic. Harkleroad played in Hobart, after winning three matches to qualify. She defeated three top-100 players, before bowing out in the semifinals to top seed Vera Zvonareva. In the Australian Open, Harkleroad lost to 30th seed Virginie Razzano.

Harkleroad debuted with the United States Fed Cup team just two weeks later. Facing Germany, Harkleroad, Lindsay Davenport, Laura Granville, and Lisa Raymond made up the United States team. Davenport was upset in a tie, giving the Germans a 1–0 lead. Harkleroad crushed Tatjana Malek and Sabine Lisicki, both in straight sets to help the U.S. win 4–1 and becoming the tie's hero.

Harkleroad then reached the final of the $75,000 event in Midland, where she was defeated by compatriot Laura Granville.

Harkleroad's next tournament was the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells. She upset Lucie Šafářová and eighth seed Dinara Safina. She then lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in the fourth round in three sets. At the Sony Ericsson Open, she reached the third round, after taking out the 23rd seed Virginie Razzano impressively, but lost to Elena Vesnina. While at the Sony Ericsson Open, a large cyst on one of her ovaries burst, and she was sent to the hospital. She lost one of her ovaries amidst her recovery.

At the French Open, Harkleroad lost against tournament favorite Serena Williams in the first round.

At Wimbledon, Harkleroad lost against 2006 winner Amélie Mauresmo in the first round.

After losing early in the US Open Series, Harkleroad withdrew from the US Open due to pregnancy. She took an indefinite break from tennis as a result. She gave birth on March 30, 2009 to a boy.

2010: Comeback

Harkleroad planned on originally coming back at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, but decided to wait for the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. She used her special protection rank of 72 to enter the main draw. She played Alicia Molik in the first round. She also was accepted into the main draw of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford. She lost against defending champion Marion Bartoli in the first round. She competed in World TeamTennis during the summer of 2010.


In 2012, Harkleroad retired from professional tennis and joined Tennis Channel as a commentator.[3]

Personal life

In 1989, at the age of four years, Harkleroad started playing tennis.[4] She was formerly coached by Chuck Adams, José Luis Clerc, and Jay Berger. Her father, Danny, works in the printing industry and played college football at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her mother, Tammy, is a school teacher, and played college tennis at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee. Harkleroad got the nickname 'Pebbles' while living in Flintstone, Georgia, a small town that has one traffic light.

Harkleroad married ATP pro Alex Bogomolov, Jr. in December 2004, and they divorced in October 2006.[4] She is now married to former ATP pro Chuck Adams. During US Open coverage on the USA network on August 29, 2008, commentator John McEnroe announced that Harkleroad was pregnant with Adams's child. She gave birth to son Charlie on March 30, 2009.[5] On April 4, 2011, she gave birth to daughter Loretta Lynn.[6]

US Playboy's first professional tennis player

Following the 2008 French Open, Harkleroad told reporters she would appear in the August 2008 issue of Playboy, a decision she made while convalescing from ovarian cyst surgery in March 2008. In an on-the-air interview, broadcast during the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Harkleroad stated that Amanda Beard's 2007 pictorial was partly an inspiration for her own.[7]

WTA career finals

Singles: 1 (0–1)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–0)
Tier IV & V (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 10 January 2004 ASB Classic Hard Greece Eleni Daniilidou 3–6, 2–6

Doubles: 4 (0–4)

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Championships (0–0)
Tier I (0–0)
Tier II (0–0)
Tier III (0–2)
Tier IV & V (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. September 29, 2003 Japan Open Hard United States Ansley Cargill Russia Maria Sharapova
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
6–7(1–7), 0–6
Runner-up 2. 6 November 2005 Bell Challenge Hard (i) Latvia Līga Dekmeijere Russia Anastasia Rodionova
Russia Elena Vesnina
7–6(7–4), 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. May 14, 2006 ECM Prague Open Clay United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands France Marion Bartoli
Israel Shahar Pe'er
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. May 21, 2006 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem Clay United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands China Zheng Jie
China Yan Zi
1–6, 3–6

ITF titles

Singles: 8

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. July 7, 2002 Los Gatos, California, United States Hard Israel Tzipi Obziler 6–2, 6–2
2. August 18, 2002 Bronx, United States Hard Slovakia Ľubomíra Kurhajcová 6–1, 6–3
3. July 17, 2005 Louisville, United States Hard France Séverine Brémond 4–6, 7–5, 6–0
4. August 7, 2005 Washington, D.C., United States Hard Russia Olga Poutchkova 6–2, 6–1
5. October 15, 2006 San Francisco, United States Hard Argentina Clarisa Fernández 6–2, 6–3
6. October 14, 2007 San Francisco, United States Hard India Sunitha Rao 6–1, 6–2
7. November 11, 2007 Pittsburgh, United States Hard Russia Olga Poutchkova 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
8. November 18, 2007 La Quinta, United States Hard Canada Stéphanie Dubois 6–3, 7–6(8–6)

Grand Slam performance timelines


Championship 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Career W–L
Australian Open A A Q2 1R A 2R 3R 1R 3–4
French Open A A 3R 2R A 2R 2R 1R 5–5
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1–6
U.S. Open 1R 1R 2R A 1R 1R 1R A 1–6
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 3–3 1–3 0–2 3–4 3–4 0–3 10–21


Championship 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Career W–L
Australian Open A A 1R 1R A A QF 1R 3–4
French Open A A 1R A A 1R 1R QF 3–4
Wimbledon A A 1R Q1 A 3R 1R 1R 2–4
US Open 1R 3R 1R A 1R 3R 2R A 5–6
Win–Loss 0–1 2–1 0–4 0–1 0–1 4–3 4–4 3–3 13–18


  1. ^ "Venus Williams breaks record for fastest serve by a woman". Sporting News. 2007-05-30. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  2. ^ Camers, Simon (2007-08-28). "Record serve in Venus romp". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  3. ^ McGrogan, Ed (January 11, 2013). "Sydney: Radwanska d. Cibulkova". Retrieved 2013-02-03.
  4. ^ a b ITF Tennis – Women's Circuit – Player Biography
  5. ^ "Harkleroad Wedding Photos". Tennis Grandstand. November 17, 2009. Archived from the original on November 20, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Tennis-Open-Harkleroad fulfils naked ambition with Playboy shoot

External links

2001 Wimbledon Championships – Girls' Doubles

Ioana Gaspar and Tatiana Perebiynis were the defending champions, but they did not compete in the Juniors this year.

Gisela Dulko and Ashley Harkleroad defeated Christina Horiatopoulos and Bethanie Mattek in the final, 6–3, 6–1 to win the Girls' Doubles tennis title at the 2001 Wimbledon Championships.

2002 Wimbledon Championships – Girls' Doubles

Gisela Dulko and Ashley Harkleroad were the defending champions, but they did not compete in the Juniors this year.

Elke Clijsters and Barbora Strýcová defeated Ally Baker and Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the final, 6–4, 5–7, 8–6 to win the Girls' Doubles tennis title at the 2002 Wimbledon Championships.

2003 AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships – Women's Doubles

Shinobu Asagoe and Nana Miyagi were the defending champions, but lost in quarterfinals to Yan Zi and Zheng Jie.

Maria Sharapova and Tamarine Tanasugarn won the title by defeating Ansley Cargill and Ashley Harkleroad 7–6(7–1), 6–0 in the final.

This tournament saw an unusual event, as all seeded pairs were eliminated in quarterfinals.

2003 Australian Open – Women's Singles Qualifying

This article displays the qualifying draw for women's singles at the 2003 Australian Open.

2003 WTA Tier I Series

The table below shows the 2003 WTA Tier I Series schedule.

2004 ASB Classic – Singles

Eleni Daniilidou was the defending champion and successfully defended her title, by defeating Ashley Harkleroad 6–3, 6–2 in the final.

2005 Challenge Bell – Doubles

Carly Gullickson and María Emilia Salerni were the defending champions, but Gullickson decided not to participate this year. Salerni partnered with Marion Bartoli, but withdrew from their semifinal match against Līga Dekmeijere and Ashley Harkleroad.

Anastasia Rodionova and Elena Vesnina won the title, defeating Dekmeijere and Harkleroad 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–2 in the final.

2005 Wimbledon Championships – Women's Singles Qualifying

Players and pairs who neither have high enough rankings nor receive wild cards may participate in a qualifying tournament held one week before the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

2006 Australian Open – Women's Singles Qualifying

This article displays the qualifying draw for the Women's singles at the 2006 Australian Open.

2006 ECM Prague Open – Women's Doubles

Émilie Loit and Nicole Pratt were the defending champions, but none competed this year, with Loit choosing to focus on the singles tournament.

Marion Bartoli and Shahar Pe'er won the title by defeating Ashley Harkleroad and Bethanie Mattek 6–4, 6–4 in the final.

2006 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem – Doubles

Émilie Loit and Barbora Strýcová were the defending champions, but neither chose to compete that year.

Yan Zi and Zheng Jie won the title over Ashley Harkleroad and Bethanie Mattek in the final.

2007 Hopman Cup

The 2007 Hopman Cup (also known as the Hyundai Hopman Cup for sponsorship reasons) corresponds to the nineteenth edition of the Hopman Cup tournament between nations in men's and women's tennis. Eight teams participated in the World Group with one qualifier from the Asian region. The first matches were held on 30 December 2006 and the final took place on 5 January 2007 at the Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth.

2008 Fed Cup World Group

The World Group was the highest level of Fed Cup competition in 2008. Eight nations competed in a three-round knockout competition. Russia was the defending champion, and they succeeded in defending their title by defeating Spain in the final, 4–0.

2008 New York Sportimes season

The 2008 New York Sportimes season was the ninth season of the franchise in World TeamTennis (WTT).

The Sportimes had 10 wins and 4 losses and finished second in the Eastern Conference, missing the conference championship by losing a standings tiebreaker to the New York Buzz. The Sportimes lost to the Buzz, 25–17 in overtime, in the WTT Semifinals.

Ansley Cargill

Ansley Cargill (born January 5, 1982) is a former tennis player from the United States, who won four International Tennis Federation Circuit singles titles, and four International Tennis Federation Circuit doubles titles.

In 2006, she won $50,000 Hammond, LA defeating No. 1 seed Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus 6–1 6–3 in Quarter-finals

and No. 4 seed Tatiana Perebiynis of Ukraine 6–4 6–4 in the final.

She also won $25,000 Vancouver which she was defending champion, as she won the event in 2005.

She has reached a career-high WTA Tour Singles ranking of No. 90 on May 5, 2003.

On the WTA Tour she has reached one Singles quarterfinal at Sarasota, FL in 2003. She defeated World No.13 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland in first round and World No.31 Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand in second round before losing to World No.22 Nathalie Dechy of France.

She has also reached one WTA Tour Doubles final at Tokyo, Japan Open in 2003 with Ashley Harkleroad of the United States, they lost to Maria Sharapova of Russia and Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand.

She has played nine Grand Slam Main draw events and reached the second round of the 2003 Australian Open defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain before losing to Venus Williams of the United States.

Following her graduation from Duke University, Cargill now works in Equity Sales at the Atlanta office of financial brokerage firm Morgan Stanley.

Lindsay Lee-Waters

Lindsay Lee-Waters (born June 28, 1977) is an American professional tennis player.

Lee-Waters has a career high WTA singles ranking of No. 33, achieved on 1 April 1996. Lee-Waters also has a career-high WTA doubles ranking of 85, achieved on 25 February 2013. Lee-Waters has won 11 singles and 21 doubles ITF titles.

Her results on the WTA Tour include semifinals at Bell Challenge 1995 and British Hard Court Championships, and Canberra International, as well as the quarterfinals of Indian Wells in 1996.

Nathan Healey

Nathan Healey (born 27 February 1980 in Gosford, New South Wales) is an Australian tennis player.

Turning professional in 1998, Healey has won 3 doubles titles.

In 2006, he earned a wildcard to the Australian Open, making the 3rd round, where he was defeated by Russian Nikolay Davydenko in four sets. Later that year, he made it to the 3rd qualifying round at Wimbledon, where he was soundly defeated by Robert Kendrick. As of 26 June 2006, Healey was 199th in the ATP rankings.

In January 2007 Healey substituted for Mark Philippoussis after the latter sustained a knee injury during the Hopman Cup in Perth. He lost a close match against American Mardy Fish (7–5, 7–5), but then teamed with Alicia Molik to win the mixed doubles (6–4, 7–5) against Fish and Ashley Harkleroad.

Healey is married to Marnie Heller of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

In August 2009, he became the coach of fellow tennis player and former world number 1., Lleyton Hewitt; replacing Tony Roche. Healey resigned as Hewitt's coach for family reasons in August 2010.

Nathan relocated to the Philadelphia area to be close to his family in 2010 and started working with local juniors. He spent the Australian summer back in his homeland with his cats and won numerous singles and doubles titles during his "vacation". Nathan was drafted in 2011 to play for the Philadelphia Freedoms of the WTT..

New York Sportimes

The New York Sportimes were a professional tennis team competing in World TeamTennis (WTT). The team was originally based in eastern Long Island from 2000 to 2002, before moving to Westchester County, New York in 2003, and then to New York City in 2009. The team was founded as the New York Hamptons in 2000, before changing its name to the New York Sportimes in 2003. In 2005, the team made its first playoff appearance and went on to defeat the Newport Beach Breakers in the WTT Final to win its first King Trophy.

On February 14, 2011, WTT announced that the New York Sportimes and New York Buzz had merged and would play the 2011 season as the New York Sportimes. In the three seasons following the merger, the Sportimes played 12 home matches in New York City and nine in the Capital District. On January 16, 2014, Claude Okin, CEO of the New York Sportimes announced that the franchise had been sold to businessman Russell Geyser, and the team would be relocated to San Diego, California and renamed the San Diego Aviators.

Palisades Tennis Center

Palisades Tennis Center is a tennis academy located in Pacific Palisades, California. It is known to be the birthplace of The Tennis Channel television network, Liveball and Shotgun 21. It is also known for attracting a large celebrity following. Hilary Swank, Kate Hudson, Elisabeth Shue and numerous others play there regularly. Stories in many publications have been done on center including Tennis Magazine, Inside Tennis and Tennis Life.

The Tennis Channel was founded on court one at the tennis center by Steve Bellamy the founder of Palisades Tennis Center after he was frustrated by how little tennis was on television set against how popular tennis was at his center.

LiveBall is a game specialized at the center that is now used all over the world.Shotgun 21 is a tournament format exclusive to the Palisades Tennis Center, but is starting to roll out across the country. Numerous other pros and celebs were in the draw including Taylor Dent, Donald Young, Robert Kendrick, Ashley Harkleroad, Alexandra Stevenson and Elisabeth Shue, Donna Mills, Josh Morrow and Chad Lowe. The event has been sponsored by Wilson and Fender Guitars both years.

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