Re: 50k Sacramento
It's getting utterly masochistic for poor Alexandra. As Grace Jones pointed out, the fitness is baffling. It would be one thing if Alexandra were in total fighting shape and having no success whatsoever, but she's built like a water buffalo and is going out there in deplorable physical form, especially for a supposed athlete. Lena Litvak is about as tomato-can as it gets and she waxed Stevenson in the final sets.
Given her terrible fitness, what is Stevenson expecting, really, when she goes out there?
That suddenly, out of the blue, she's going to have an amazing run and win ... a 25K?
If she were wealthy and wanted to subject herself to these constant beat-downs and humiliations just for kicks, then I could see some iota of sense in it. It would be weird, but at least one could maybe say, "She's a rich eccentric who is chasing a fancy." But she and the mother have indicated that they are in dire straits, financially. Living in a one-bedroom condo, their beds right next to each other. That's bizarre enough (how do you even have a social life if you are nearing middle-age and sleeping in the same room as your mommy?) but they obviously haven't strangled each other, yet, so to each their own.
It is her life to do with exactly as she pleases, but losing tennis matches even at the club level is no fun, and she has been losing for years and years and must be about half-crazy with losing by now. One has to wonder what could possibly be going through her brain. She is not making any kind of profit from these bush-league forays. Maybe if she were reaching the semis of finals of all of them, she would be able to cover the expense of gas, food, and "reservations" at the Motel 6, but she's walking away from these q-round and 1st round challenger losses with a couple hundred bucks, at best.
Plus, Alexandra is starting to look a little old and haggard even when she's all dressed up. All that time in the sun catches up with a tennis player. She had an unusual, exotic face when she was younger ... She could have maybe done the modeling thing, or the actress thing. Prettly late for that now.
It's her life, but wow, you gotta wonder what makes those two birds keep enduring this nonsense, all circs being considered. What's the ranking now? Mid-400s? She won't even be able to qualify for qualifying at the few summer and autumn bush league events. What's she gonna do? Have mother string a net up in the parking lot at these often seedy venues and sell tickets so people can watch creaky old Alexandra play against her shadow?
Run, Alexandra. Run from that mother who is draining the life out of you like a vampire and don't look back. Save yourself, girl!