View Full Version : Is Alex doing the right thing?

Jul 23rd, 2002, 03:38 AM
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.

Jul 23rd, 2002, 03:53 AM
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.

Jul 23rd, 2002, 03:55 AM
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.

Dawn Marie
Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:02 AM
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.:)

Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:06 AM
Hey dawnie baby did you realize we like the same player?


Dawn Marie
Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:12 AM
Jakeev we also like some of the same poets too, my little lovejoy. LOL

You do like Sylivia Plath.. no?

Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:29 AM
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.

Dawn Marie
Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:36 AM
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.

Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:44 AM
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.

Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:47 AM
What's going on....???

I Love Martina HINGIS, Angelique WIDJAJA, Justine HENIN & Daniela HANTUCHOVA

Jul 23rd, 2002, 04:49 AM
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. :o

Venus Forever
Jul 23rd, 2002, 06:15 AM
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.


Jul 23rd, 2002, 12:32 PM
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.

Jul 23rd, 2002, 01:36 PM
Originally posted by Dawn Marie
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.

Jul 23rd, 2002, 05:34 PM
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...

Jul 23rd, 2002, 07:20 PM
Gandalf Alex had wrist tendonitis(however you spell it) thats why she didn't play the clay season which is also why she is having such bad results lately.

Dawn Marie
Jul 23rd, 2002, 07:51 PM
Nice EC, I like that.:)

Gandalf on the show "topspin" Alex stated that she couldn't play due to wrist injuries. I still think she can make the top 20 this year. It really depends on her. Also drop mom as coach, Alex needs to find out things on her own.

Jul 23rd, 2002, 08:59 PM
here's a bit from Bob Larson's column

Stanford: Pit Stop
Alexandra Stevenson is like a racecar with a leaky gas tank: On the occasions when she's going full tilt, she really does well. But then she runs out of gas, and it takes a long time for her to recover. Her 1999 Wimbledon was a first burst of speed. Then she ran out of gas, and in 2001 she was hurt all the time. In 2002, she did very well in the early going. But now she's out of gas again. For the first few months of the year, she was extremely impressive, going 19-8 (counting six qualifying wins) through Miami. But since then -- she came to Stanford having gone 6-6 in her last half dozen events, and three of the six wins were at a Challenger, and she was riding a three match losing streak.

Now make it a four match losing streak. Stevenson of course grew up on hardcourts, but her game isn't ideally suited for them, and in Meilen Tu she faced an opponent with far fewer physical gifts but a game aligned for the surface. Stevenson lost 7-6 6-4. The loss won't hurt her in the rankings -- she had nothing to defend, and most of the players below her in the rankings aren't playing. But it really does look like she needs to do something about that gas tank.

Jul 23rd, 2002, 09:04 PM
nice excerpt Eggy. i think he summarizes her perfectly. and he didn't use the word "slump" once! :eek: :eek:

the cat
Jul 24th, 2002, 12:18 AM
Well said DM, EC and TC! ;) Step aside Samantha!

I get the feeling TC knows Bob Larson! :D I think he's her favorite tennis writer. Outside of Bud Collins, of course!

Jul 24th, 2002, 01:51 AM
Man I wish Alex would spend some time working with Navratilova. In six months she could help Alex immeasurably. Wonder why players are not calling on this resource? Hmmm must be the money. :cool:

Jul 24th, 2002, 02:46 AM
Yes dawn marie I love Sylvia Plath the poet. But like we discussed, it was Sylvia, the woman and mother, I had issue with..

Dawn Marie
Jul 24th, 2002, 04:58 AM
Jakeev, like I said to you before, she was sick, and weak. .. nobody is perfect. Her poetry is art and even though she may not have done things in this world the way I would have liked either. I understand how you feel. I feel the same way about Picasso. I love his work and even though I love his art, a part of me can't get the fact that he was a masogynist(sp) and a man who treated women like dirt.

Jul 24th, 2002, 09:40 AM
Wizkid, Dawn Marie,

Thanks for the correction, I didn't know she had been injured. I remember reading about Miami time that she had commited for Hilton Head (maybe also Amelia Island) and then Roland Garros, but no european tournaments in between. But I'm probably wrong...

Jul 25th, 2002, 07:51 AM
Hi dawn......well i appreciate you understanding were I am coming from. Really, Sylvia's work is just amazing. In life, she was an actress to those she knew. But her true self came out of all that poetry.

I am just happy her children turned out to be fine. At least I have consolation in that.