Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tennis-Open Star. Ashley Harkleroad fulfils naked ambition with Playboy photosession

Harkleroad, 23, cashed in her fame - if you can call it that - as the 61st ranked women’s tennis player in the world to pose for the August edition of Playboy.

She’s so unknown that Playboy didn’t even announce her appearance in its pages to the media. Harkleroad had to do it herself after getting her clock cleaned by Serena Williams (6-2, 6-1) on Sunday at the French Open.

“I’ll be the first tennis player ever. That’s kind of cool,” Harkleroad said, noting Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard and former volleyball player Gabrielle Reese have already been featured in Hugh Hefner’s creation.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for naked nubile young women. But at least let them have some other claim to fame, a higher ranking and at a bare minimum, force them to demonstrate as much brains and marketing skill as Paris Hilton and Anna Kournikova before the sexploitation begins.

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