Ashley Harkleroad is an American former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high ranking in singles of No 39 on June 9, 2003. Ashley Harkleroad was born on May 2, 1985, in Rossville, Georgia. She graduated at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Ashley 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.
Her breakthrough year was 2003 when at Charleston Ashley Harkleroad defeated three top-20 players.
With that performance, Ashley 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 Hantuchova 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 illnesses in the family.
Ashley Harkleroad is right-handed (two-handed backhand). During her career had accumulated prize money of 1,022,094 USD.