Hype? There really was no hype around Alexandra Stevenson UNTIL she was a semifinalist at Wimbledon. She created the hype herself from her own results, (that along with the leaking of her birth certificate to the press). After the Wimbledon run, she had quite a few wins over top 20 players and maintained a decent top 30 ranking, became injured, then fell to the bottom of the WTA rankings. She then focused on her game and fitness, and in 2002 by the year end she placed herself in the top 20. She's scored wins against Dementieva, Coetzer, Myskina, Capriati, Dokic, Hantuchova, Zvonereva and more...
Alex's results created her hype. Honestly, beside hardcore American tennis fans, who before 1999 heard of Alexandra Stevenson?
Good Luck to Venus Williams in 2006!
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WGTA - A. Stevenson (5) - S5 Australian Open Champion [GS]
WITT - A. Stevenson (6) - S1 Mexican Open Champion [T2]
LTT - A. Stevenson (25)
UTT - A. Stevenson (16)