Did you know that Lindsay Davenport had popped out her second little one a couple of weeks ago in California?! Well, we missed that one, too. The Girl Next Door now has a little chica of her own: Lauren Andrus Davenport Leach was born June 27th, two years after Lindsay and husband Jon Leach had little Jagger.
Pencil Lauren in as Wimbledon champ, 2027. She’s got some good genes.
Meanwhile, former American touring pro Ashley Harkleroad also gave birth recently, having a baby boy, Charles Hooper, on March 25th. The next day, Harkleroad’s web site reported the birth, and promised Ashley would go from “having a baby to serving aces in 91 days.” Wise words from a former Playboy cover girl, right?
Harkleroad’s 91 days were up the day Lauren Andrus was born. But still, no activity from Miss August 2008. She’s been inactive since losing four straight matches last summer.
Keeping things kiddy, Sesil Karatantcheva has slowly been making her way back into the upper echelon of the women’s tennis tour. If you recall, a 15-year-old Karatantcheva took out Venus Williams at the 2005 French Open, then was under fire and eventually banned for steroid use in 2006. Her excuse for the ‘roid rage? “I’m pregnant.”
She created all sorts of craze on the WTA, especially when she claimed there was no baby belly because of a mysterious miscarriage. Since, however, Sesie has served her ban and is now making her way back at the ripe old age of 19. She’s currently ranked 144th, after qualifying for Wimbledon and falling in the first round to Alisa Kleybanova.
Finally, it would seems as though the two girls who made the most noise at this year’s Championships are also the two youngest in the top 100. Michelle Larcher de Brito has revived Monica Seles‘ Gruntgate from the early ’90s, and Melanie Oudin was America’s sweetheart for a hot second last month in London. Oudin is 17 and ranked 70th, while Larcher de Brito is 16 and ranked 76th. It’s a career high for both women… ahem, girls.
(photo by travelseminar via flickr.)