Harkleroad Upsets Stosur at WTA Memphis

Posted on February 21, 2006

Ashley "H-Road" Harkleroad orchestrated the upset of the day Monday at the WTA stop in Memphis, with the 20-year-old American ousting No. 5 seed Sam Stosur of Australia 6-4, 6-3.

"I took some time off and I grew up," she Harkleroad, who spent most of last year at minor-league ITF events after injury. "I got some perspective on my life. I realized I can't worry about people's expectations, I've just got to go out and do my best."

Seeds successfully into the second round were (2) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (d. Cho), (4) Laura Granville (d. countrywoman Shaughnessy), and (7) Amy Frazier (d. countrywoman Tu).

"Meilen didn't play as well as she normally does," said Frazier, recording her first win since a first-round loss at the Australian Open. "She normally doesn't miss that much. I'm not looking too far ahead this week -- I don't even know who I play in the next round."

Unseeded winners through to the second round were Americans Shenay Perry (d. Bychkova) and Lida Raymond (d. (Q) Stanciute), Russian qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova (d. Jackson), Dane wildcard Caroline Wozniacki (d. Brandi in three), and Chinese qualifier Meng Yuan (d. Lepchenko from a set down).

On court Tuesday are Perry vs. Groenfeld, Vaidisova vs. Azarenka, Osterloh vs. Laine, Haynes vs. Domachowska, Harkleroad vs. Wozniacki, Kloesel vs. Craybas, and Czink vs. Perebiynis.