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Harkleroad and Lee-Waters Win Doubles Title

May 9, 2005 11:38 AM

Harkleroad and Lee-Waters dominate the doubles draw at the Boyd Tinsley 50K USTA Women's Pro Championship to pick up their second title in two weeks. The unseeded duo did not drop a set and finished tournament play with two upsets over the number two and three doubles teams. Harkleroad and Lee-Waters pulled off 6-4, 7-5 victory in the finals over Samantha Reeves and Christina Wheeler.

One week prior to their win in Charlottesville, VA, southern duo Ashley Harkleroad and Lindsay Lee-Waters also captured the doubles title at the 2005 WRAL-TV 5 75K Challenger in Raleigh, NC. The pair started their run at the tournament with an upset over number one seed Carly Gullickson and Bethanie Mattek with a tiebreaker in the third set. They won two more matches before facing number four seed Maria Fernando Alves and Stephanie Dubois in the finals. Harkleroad and Lee-Waters stepped up once again to upset the their opponents in a three set victory.

Harkleroad made her official Grand Slam debut at age 16 at the 2001 US Open. In 2003, Ashley got her first win against a top 10 player (Hantuchova) and entered the top 100 in the WTA tour singles rankings. Lindsay Lee-Waters joined the tour in 1995 and was nominated as the WTA Most Impressive Newcomer. Last year she had her first top 100 finish in nine years and played all four Grand Slams in that season. She currently lives and trains in Atlanta, GA and is coached by her husband Heath Waters.

 

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