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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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Is Alex doing the right thing?

Alex Stevenson lost again today and in straight-sets to Meilen Tu. I know Meilen is a tough player, but in my mind Alex should have won that match in two sets, not lost it.

Am I wrong to think this? I am a budding fan of hers but when I see someone I like lose match after match, and for no real apparent reason, it makes me wonder if she really is doing the right thing on court.

Objective responses please I don't care to read crappy things about her.
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I saw her playing world team tennis and she seemed like she was moving well and was more consistent with her shots. I was hoping she could play that well in a WTA match.
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It's her first match on hard courts, so give her time. Also, even though Alex has improved considerably in the past 12 months, she has trouble putting it together for a few matches straight (the only time this didn't happen was in Memphis, where she didn't even beat a top 40 player.) She always seems to peak after 1 or 2 matches, which has shown in her results lately. When she's on, she can beat anyone (Capriati). When she's off, she can lose to anyone rather routinely) (Obata, Dominikovic) If she can be consistent, she'll do fine. She seems to be making the right steps, so it's only a matter of time.
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She is at the stage where she is still developing and her groundies are erratic along the way. She'll get there just a matter of time.

Her style of game is deadly but it takes time, she'll be a late bloomer, kinda like Lindsay was. She'll get her Wimby title.

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Hey dawnie baby did you realize we like the same player?


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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2002, 05:12 AM
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Jakeev we also like some of the same poets too, my little lovejoy. LOL

You do like Sylivia Plath.. no?

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I believe that Alex has a lot of potential that she has trouble transforming into any kind of consistent performance. Since I'm not in her shoes, I've not a clue as to why this is so. But she's not the only one. Mirjana Lucic showed great promise, too, then virtually plunged below the radar. (Until this week, where she's blipping again).

Maybe Alex will realize her potential and maybe she won't. We've seen this before too. But I really think untying the apron strings and hiring a new coach might be a good first step.
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Agree her mom is way too controlling.

Sam needs to let her daughter enjoy a mistake or something. It's not healthy to LIVE through your children.

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I just hope she gets it together soon I mean I know she had an injury so I'm going to stay with her but if she can't even win one match I can't be a fan of hers anymore.

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What's going on....???

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Note to Samantha Stevenson from Kahlil Gibran (inspired by Dawn's last post):

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and the daughters of life's longing for itself.
They come thru you but they are not from you,
and though they are with you, they belong not to you.

You can give them your love but not their thoughts.
They have their own thoughts.
Your can house their bodies but not their souls;
For their souls dwell in a place of tomorrow
that you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.


---Um, that's all I kind remember off the top of my head. Sorry, I guess I veered a bit off topic. Sort of.
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Alexandra just needs to get in better shape, move quicker, gain confidence, and become consistent. She has a very good game and probably will develop late. Give her time and she will be a real threat. I don't know if she has what it takes to win GS, but I do hope she proves me wrong.

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I think that Alex is still struggling to get that consistency that makes a solid player. At the moment I think she is still a bit streaky in that she goes through these patches of good wins followed by patches of bad losses.

Her Wimbledon debut probably showed us what she will become but maybe over-exaggerated what she was going to achieve at the time.

My personal opinion on her is that she has improved from year to year and this year started off very well. However, she's dropped off again and I think this is perhaps because she is still expecting too much of herself too soon.

Give it time, the results will come.
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Agree her mom is way too controlling.

Sam needs to let her daughter enjoy a mistake or something. It's not healthy to LIVE through your children.

I agree. Sometimes I wonder if Samantha thinks that Alexandra winning Wimbledon (or anything) would be her way of "sticking it" to the world, and those who supposedly wronged her for real or imagined slights.

If so, that can't be healthy for Alex..she needs to try to win these tournaments for herself, not her mom.
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I think after starting the year so well she expected to be in the top 15 very soon (at least I expected her to do so!) and she hurried a little. Also, not playing the european clay tournaments was a mistake. Even if she wouldn't have won a lot of matches, it wouldn't have broken her rhythm.


Eventualy she should come back. But I'm not sure if a SF of a Slam is the best we will see of her...
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