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Old 12-13-2006, 02:12 PM   #179
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Default Re: Official Alex Bogomolov Cheering Thread

Now divorced, Bogomolov focusing on his game

It was almost two years to the day since his marriage to Ashley Harkleroad (he was 21, she 19) that I happened on Alex Bogomolov, training at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne last week.

I would have thought the couple would be back home in small-town Chickamauga, Ga., enjoying the offseason.

"How's Ash?" I asked. His face went sour.

"We're done," he said. "I'm back in Miami for good."

They're divorced, ending a marriage that so many close to them had advised against. So young. So much in love. And they were convinced their tennis careers wouldn't be inhibited.

Bogomolov had reached No. 100 in October 2004, just three shy of his career best. He's now 221. She was No. 124 when they married. She's No. 86 now, so she's made some headway, but not nearly as much as was expected.

Both have talent. Both can reach top 50. Harkleroad in 2003 had a great run at Charleston, S.C., beating three top-20 players. Bogomolov is not big at 5 feet 10 and 155 pounds. But he's very quick, very gritty and has a win over James Blake. Now, hopefully, he can focus with more purpose on his game.
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