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Exclamation Stevenson pleased in Indian Wells loss

Comebacking Stevenson encouraged in loss

March 9, 2006

AP - Mar 9, 7:46 pm EST
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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Alexandra Stevenson was encouraged by her play in a 7-6 (1), 6-2 loss to Croatia's Ivana Lisjak in the first round of the Pacific Life Open on Thursday.

Stevenson has spent the past 17 months recuperating from surgery to repair a torn labrum in her right shoulder. She was a semifinalist at Wimbledon as a WTA Tour rookie in 1999 and ranked No. 18 in the world at the close of the 2002 season.

Her ranking now at No. 617, Stevenson was given a wild card into this event, and she said her first set against Lisjak was probably the most competitive she's played in two years.

But at 5-6 she felt pain in her rebuilt shoulder, and after losing the tiebreaker, she was advised to quit by the tour trainer. Instead, she won the opening two games of the second set before Lisjak took command.

"I haven't played a set like that in two years and I pretty much haven't played tennis like that," Stevenson said, an ice pack taped to her shoulder. "I guess the shoulder got fatigued and then it strained a little bit. It's just bad luck."

Stevenson, 25, cried briefly when she talked about what it felt like to walk on the court and hear the crowd cheer for her. She is 0-5 this year, the previous four losses coming in minor-league Challenger tournaments, but she is convinced that brighter days are ahead.


"I'm getting close," she said. "Today I played some good points and I felt like I belonged on the court for the first time (since the surgery). I see each day progressively getting better.

"I think I'm hitting the ball better than I ever have been and I think I'm smarter on the court. It's just a matter of putting it all together and getting my serve back. Everything else has come back progressively better each week."

Lisjak will meet No. 6 seed Flavia Pennetta in the second round, which begins Friday along with the opening round of the men's tournament.

Others advancing were Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain, Stephanie Foretz and Severine Bremond of France, Viktoriya Kutuzova of the Ukraine, Na Li of China, and Bethanie Mattek and Vania King of the U.S.


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If only a couple of Alex's friends had her commitment.....

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so she played a tennis match after how many years?
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Go Alex!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Work it baby!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOO
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Funny, but I'm kinda pleased she lost, too. (Go Lisjak!)

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Smarter on court? She was never smart and she will never be....
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Well, good luck to her; perhaps the shoulder surgery will give her a reason to commit to restarting her career.

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"I haven't played a set like that in two years and I pretty much haven't played tennis like that,"
I really doubt that playing a tiebreak against the 126th ranked player is hardly an acomplishment.
And her comment is really dumb about not playing that much tennis, as she has played 5 tournaments on the past six weeks.

She sounded like this is her first tournament back in so long. She also played some events at the end of last year.

Indian Wells USA
WT 08 Mar 2006 to 19 Mar 2006 Entry : WC Hard (O)
128 Ivana LISJAK (CRO) 6-7 2-6


$75,000 Las Vegas USA
C75 28 Feb 2006 to 05 Mar 2006 Entry : WC Hard (O)
32 L Maria-Emilia SALERNI (ARG) 2-6 2-6


Memphis USA
WT 19 Feb 2006 to 25 Feb 2006 Entry : WC Hard (O)
32 L Sofia ARVIDSSON (SWE) 2-6 4-6


$75,000 Midland, MI USA
C75 07 Feb 2006 to 12 Feb 2006 Entry : WC Hard (O)
32 L Maria-Jose ARGERI (ARG) 3-6 6-1 3-6


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C25 29 Jan 2006 to 30 Jan 2006 Entry : DA Hard (O)
32 L Eva FISLOVA (SVK) 4-6 7-6(5) 4-6

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Straight seasons in the top 5: Sabatini 6 Conchita 4
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Sabatini 24 Martinez 17
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Sabatini has 2 titles 2 Runner up and 3 SF
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Sabatini leads 9-6 over Martinez
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Its good news that she feels better on court now...

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what Stevenson should be especially pleased about is that Yahoo published an article on HER match, instead of some 30-odd others that were also played yesterday at IW.
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"I haven't played a set like that in two years and I pretty much haven't played tennis like that,"
I really doubt that playing a tiebreak against the 126th ranked player is hardly an acomplishment.
And her comment is really dumb about not playing that much tennis, as she has played 5 tournaments on the past six weeks.

She sounded like this is her first tournament back in so long. She also played some events at the end of last year.

Indian Wells USA
WT 08 Mar 2006 to 19 Mar 2006 Entry : WC Hard (O)
128 Ivana LISJAK (CRO) 6-7 2-6


$75,000 Las Vegas USA
C75 28 Feb 2006 to 05 Mar 2006 Entry : WC Hard (O)
32 L Maria-Emilia SALERNI (ARG) 2-6 2-6


Memphis USA
WT 19 Feb 2006 to 25 Feb 2006 Entry : WC Hard (O)
32 L Sofia ARVIDSSON (SWE) 2-6 4-6


$75,000 Midland, MI USA
C75 07 Feb 2006 to 12 Feb 2006 Entry : WC Hard (O)
32 L Maria-Jose ARGERI (ARG) 3-6 6-1 3-6


$25,000 Rockford, IL Qualifying Draw USA
C25 29 Jan 2006 to 30 Jan 2006 Entry : DA Hard (O)
32 L Eva FISLOVA (SVK) 4-6 7-6(5) 4-6
Its her best result giving of the rankings...Only Salerni and Arvidsson is higher placed than Lisjak and she won more games against her...Even though i think she accomplished a bit more in her match against Arvidsson...But who knows, if her shoulder has been better, then im sure she would have won at least a set...

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I'm glad to see that Alex is being positive about a comeback and feeling better with each tournament. It seems as though her priorities are back on track.

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Its her best result giving of the rankings...Only Salerni and Arvidsson is higher placed than Lisjak and she won more games against her...Even though i think she accomplished a bit more in her match against Arvidsson...But who knows, if her shoulder has been better, then im sure she would have won at least a set...
What result? She just lost in straight sets to the 124th ranked player, she had a great draw, one of the worst ranked players on this kind of event.
She played a Tiebreak set against this player, so what? If she had challenged a top 20 player like that on this stage, could be something.
Sure its not easy to comeback, but she has a lot more work to do.

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Sabatini vs Martinez ?
Seasons in the top ten: Sabatini 10 Conchita 9
Straight Seasons in the top ten: Sabatini 10 Conchita 6
Seasons in the top 5: Sabatini 6 Conchita 5
Straight seasons in the top 5: Sabatini 6 Conchita 4
Tier II and above titles
Sabatini 24 Martinez 17
Record at the Masters
Sabatini has 2 titles 2 Runner up and 3 SF
Martinez has 0 titles, 0 RU, and 0 Sf
Record against the best players
Sabatini 40% Martinez 21%
Head to Head
Sabatini leads 9-6 over Martinez
FWTT Hard 111(111 + ny)Carpet 104(104 + ny)Clay 107(107 + 4) Grass 100(100 ny)
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