Someone To Keep Your Eye On

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: September 9, 2009

FLUSHING, N.Y. (BASN) — Asia Muhammad has game. Real game. Maybe more game than her dad Ron had when he was a basketball star at USC in the 80’s. The only difference is that her game is tennis.

Muhammed lives in Las Vegas and has had the advantage of working for years with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. They have both been instrumental in her growth as a tennis player and as an individual.

Agassi’s strength coach, Gil Reyes has also helped with her conditioning.

Muhammad beat her friend Gail Brodsky Tuesday 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open Girls Juniors. She used a strong serve and ground strokes to accomplish the feat.

The same tools that she used to defeat No. 1 seed Kristina Mladenovic of France earlier in the week and the same tools that she used to defeat rising star Melanie Oudin last year.

Muhammad is still working on a serve and volley game and when she develops it she will be tough to beat.

She tried to qualify for the main draw but lost in the second round.

The unseeded Muhammad has good athletic genes from her mother Faye Paige as well. She was a basketball star at Long Beach State.

Muhammad is in the top half of the draw and would need to win a total of six matches to win the Tournament.

She has the ability to not only win but to excel on the women’s tour in 2010 after eschewing a chance to play tennis at USC and opting for the pro game.