Ashley Harkleroad, whose return to pro tennis has been less than spectacular, showed what she is capable of today in her 6-4, 7-5 victory over German player Sabine Lisicki. The match, which was rained out yesterday, featured Harkleroad displaying both a cerebral advantage and some impressive defensive play.
Her opponent, if I may borrow a line from Richard O'Brien, is a "wild and untamed thing, ...a bee with a deadly sting." Lisicki hits either brilliant winners or unforced errors--she is all over the place all the time. One assumes that, as she continues her training at the Bollettieri Academy, she will learn patience and self-discipline. When that occurs, her sting will be deadly indeed.
The U.S. will play defending champion Russia in the semifinals.