July 20th, 2008
In a final that will never make the cover of a women’s fitness magazine, Canadian qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak upset No. 6 seed Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-3. Wozniak became the first Canadian since 1988 to win a WTA Tour singles title.
June 24th, 2008
The slew of upset-makers Tuesday were Casey Dellacqua (d. (12) Patty Schnyder in three), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (d. (17) Alize Cornet in two tiebreaks), Vera Dushevina (d. (19) Maria Kirilenko), Evgeniya Rodina (d. (27) Virginie Razzano after getting bageled in the first), and Jie Zheng (d. (30) Dominika Cibulkova).
May 26th, 2008
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: Yeah. Like, I don’t know, I was just laying there for three weeks, and, you know, an offer came to me. I thought, Well, I’m not really doing anything right now.
So I thought about it, and, you know, it was something that I did. I’m proud of my body. I was representing a female athlete’s body, you know.
Like Amanda Beard would have done, so, yeah.
May 25th, 2008
“Sometimes they put athletes in [Playboy],” said the Bible-studying Georgian Harkleroad. “Like [swimmer] Amanda Beard, or [volleyball player] Gabriella Reece. So I’ll be the first tennis player ever. That’s kind of cool. I really didn’t think it was that big of a deal. I’m proud of my body. I stay in shape and try to stay fit. I’m just trying to represent a female athlete and her body. That can be sexy too.”