Making the WB semis in 99 and having her life turned upside down probably helped Alexandra Stevenson's tennis. Cause it got her a lot of wild cards she woldn't otherwise have gotten when the WB points fell off and her ranking tumbled to 100+.
So what we're seeing now is the progression of Alex's career as it should have been. The 21 year old American has been making stead progress, and has recorded some big wins recently.
02 Toray Pan Pacific - def. Amanda Coetzer 3-6, 6-0, 7-6
02 Sydney - def Jennifer Capriati 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
When Toray is over, she'll be up to a career best #36. (Yeah, she's not out of Toray yet, but her next opponent is Monica.) If you allow for the fact that Huber and Tauziat have retired, ALex is two spots shy of being seeded at RG! I seriously predict top twenty for ALex in 2004.
Feb 1st, 2002, 12:21 AM
I really see her with a good game but not consistent yet to be in the top 20.
Feb 1st, 2002, 12:35 AM
I cant wait to see the new Alex play. I saw at the 2001 US Open and not that impressed. (I also met her at a Janet Jackson concert two nights before her match) Her serve was powerful, but inconsistent. Her groundstrokes were inconsistent mainly due to her lack of patience. She had no game plan, just hit hard. But through all of that I saw potential and I said to myself, if she lost a few pounds, learned the virtue of patience and worked on her groundstrokes, she would definitely become a threat.
Looks like its all coming to fruition. Best of Luck to her.
Feb 1st, 2002, 12:42 AM
The last I saw her play a match was at Wimby 99...she played some nice ones...but I saw a few snippets here and there, and she had many errors too.
Let's hope she can do more than just a few good wins over a few months....
Her win over Jen was quite impressive, but she tanked out in the 1st round the following week!
Feb 1st, 2002, 12:50 AM
Credit to Alex really....I don't care for her myself, but she's had a nice start to the year and I think beating Coetzer was a great win. Not as big ranking wise, but considering Amanda's game, you really have to show patience against her so for Alexandra to win, I think that's probably a sign that's developing a bit more of that, which is what she needs.
Feb 1st, 2002, 01:10 AM
That's a good point. Though beating Amanda on this ultra-fast surface is not quite the feat it would be on clay or rebound ace.
Feb 1st, 2002, 01:15 AM
I saw Alex in Linz last year!!!She's gotten more patient, and is a quite good volleyer. She really pushed Dokic and I do think now she could do well, maybe a ranking close to the top 20!!!
janie:One point, Amanda has beaten Monica here and I think Davenport(??), so it's a very good win,but I do agree!!!
Feb 1st, 2002, 01:18 AM
I am glad she improved, I was very shocked when I saw her in Montreal 2000 against Dechy!
Feb 1st, 2002, 02:37 AM
I agree, I think by the end of this year, she could be Top 30...
Her match against Capriati at Sydney was high quality..
Alex has the weapons to match it with the big gals...
Just wish she'd lose that 'victim' attitude she spouts off so often and be more like Venus and Serena...
Feb 1st, 2002, 03:46 AM
Yeah, Alex is way too inconsistent to be top 20 this year. If you look at her last 12 months, she still as likely as not to lose in the first round. But she's in a lot better shape and is more resilient mentally. She'll come up big probably once this year and lose a Tier I final or something. But with the new 32 seed GS's, you don't have to be a consistent player to get seeded. Alex can't be defending much in clay court season. Course she won't likely GET much there either. But if she can hold around mid-30's, injury and retirement should result in a seed for her at a GS. If that GS isn't RG, who cares? If she has to, I'll bet you she plays all 3 grass tuneups. If Alex can be ranked #35 or better going into WB, she'll be seeded there.
And if she's seeded, she won't play anyone with a REALLY good return of serve til the 4th round. Maybe the QF's.
Feb 1st, 2002, 03:52 AM
Feb 1st, 2002, 03:54 AM
I think all the maindraw wildcards were actually hurting Alexandra more than anything. She has the firepower, and obviously to get to the Wimbledon semifinals she had to have *some* talent, regardless of who you are playing to get there, but at that time Alexandra was just way too inconsistent to pull it together week in and week out and hope to rack in a whole lot of big results as a wildcard against consistent top players all the time, hence the ranking drop. Now, she's had to work harder, going through the qualifying, and it appears to have done her good. When she can get in a couple matches, she's got more confidence heading into the maindraw, and not as much pressure either, at least she'll have picked up more than 1 point. Also, I think that it will help her mature a bit more too. When you have to work like that to find your place on tour, you realize that nobody's perfect, everyone's going to lose their share of matches, but in the long haul she earned it by working hard coming to those events early to try and make the maindraw rather than relying on a past result to get her some maindraw spots consistently.
Feb 1st, 2002, 04:24 AM
Her consistency is definitely getting better. After 9-11 she played about 3 or 4 tourneys and she made it to the quarters at 2 of the tourneys she played, and she has done splendidly so far this year. That was just tough luck that she got Meghann in the first round at OZ.
I predicted that she would make top 20 over the break, and so far she seems to be on course. :)
btw--I expect her to lose to Monica tomorrow.
Feb 1st, 2002, 09:20 AM
Volcana I have to slightly disagree with you. If Alexandra continues to beat who she is supposed to beat and continues to have that one big victory over a top twenty player, there is not reason why she cannot be in the top twenty by the U.S. Open.
Of any player in the top 50, Alex has virtually no points she needs to defend. Therefore consistent results into at least the quarters of a tournament could see her leap frog into the top twenty.
I think Alex has gained a lot of confidence and yes she definitely has a way to go. But she is definitely playing better than she ever has since being on tour.
Feb 1st, 2002, 10:27 AM
Alex is improving on her game and her results are showing us just that. Alexandra is going to be in top 20 by the end of this year no doubt about it.:)
Anyhow I don't expect Alex to win tomorrow but her results are steady and impressive. She'll only get better and we'll see her backhand forhand and volleys.. come to light.:)
P.S. I wouldn't be surprised if she won a title before Anna wins one.:)
Feb 1st, 2002, 11:15 AM
Low blow dawn;) But gosh it's nice to see more positive threads for Alex. She seems to have changed a lot and I am glad she herself seems more positive about here game.
Feb 1st, 2002, 11:25 AM
He he yeah but IT could happen though really,I mean ALex could very well win before Anna. I think her mental game is getting so much better.. lol:)
Feb 1st, 2002, 01:21 PM
OMG!!! ALex just played a fantastic match against Monica Seles!! It went to 2 tiebreakers!! 7/6(9) 7/6(9) :)
See! you all thought I was joking about ALexandra.. this gal is going to rise in rank.. Great job! Top 20 fo sure! no doubt imho:)
Great win Seles too:)
Feb 1st, 2002, 01:52 PM
wasnt alex the one who beat jenn so she should lose in the second round and win a GS the next week :mad: ;)
well no thanks to you marti lost ;)
Feb 1st, 2002, 07:23 PM
Shut up or put up???
Alex is finding her game!!! Seles DID NOT have an easy time beating Stevenson... Stevenson was in the match, right up to the end. Watchout for Alex... the ROCKET WOMAN... 17 ACES against Seles! :eek:
Feb 1st, 2002, 07:43 PM
Alex keeps improving, I'm just so impressed with her right now. I also believe she can be in the top 20 this year!
Feb 1st, 2002, 08:10 PM
Originally posted by Dawn Marie:
See! you all thought I was joking about ALexandra.. this gal is going to rise in rank.. Great job! Top 20 fo sure! no doubt imho
I'm going to have to start watching Alex more. If she can push Monica to two tough tie-breaks, most of the gals above Alex are in some serious trouble. Yep, she'll break into the top 20 if she keeps playing like this.
Feb 1st, 2002, 08:14 PM
I just realized Philbo is Czechfan!!
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Feb 1st, 2002, 08:23 PM
Monica is beginning to be a spoiler for my faves. I may have to start rooting against her. j/k.
Feb 1st, 2002, 09:04 PM
What I want for Alex is that she make it a round or two in all the clay court tournaments she plays in. Pick up points in nice even amounts, get in some match play with long points. That way, next year she a year to build on. Not like when 99 where basically her ranking was supported by one tournament for the whole next year. Right now, her ranking is an accurate reflection of her ability as a player. It might even be a little low. At any event, I'm sure ALex will thrive more quickly by exceeding reasonable expectations, as opposed to failing to meet unreasonable ones.
Feb 1st, 2002, 09:43 PM
Her next torney is Memphis and she'll be seeded around 5 or 6 and shes more than capable of beating all the players there.Could this be her first tournament win?:eek:
Feb 1st, 2002, 11:55 PM
If she plays to her seed in Memphis, making the QF's, that's a success, cause it'll show consistency. To be honest, I don't want Alex doing anything to call attention to herself until her game has her making consistent good showings. The spotlight is a lot easier to stand if you're not losing in the first round every other week. If she gets seeded at Wimbledon and makes the 4th round, I'd say that a hugely successful first half of the year. Then I thnk a six month long tour of the #35 to #25 ranks is most likely. The next year, she'll be all set up to break out, starting the year ranked around #29, #30, something like that.
Remember, this was not a girl who functioned all that happily in the limelight. If she does anything special, all the hype will start again. How will she handle that? I think her best chance is to put it off til 2003. Winning a tournament might be nice, but make it a Tier IV. I know I'm being incredibly cynically, but I want Alex to have as much time to mature as possible before all that stuff gets dredged up again.
Feb 2nd, 2002, 12:10 AM
Originally posted by Volcana
Right now, her ranking is an accurate reflection of her ability as a player. It might even be a little low. At any event, I'm sure ALex will thrive more quickly by exceeding reasonable expectations, as opposed to failing to meet unreasonable ones
Ignoring the widespread criticism of the womens ranking system, I think it would be tough to support the position that Alex is playing like someone who should be ranked 49th in the world (or maybe a little higher). Very few players outside of the top 20 could give Monica as tough of a match as Alex gave her at the Toray Pan Pacific 2002, just as few would have been able to beat Jennifer Capriati.
I agree that the pressure on Alex not having to defend a good grand slam showing should do nothing but help her excel in her performance on court and her showing in the rankings.
Feb 2nd, 2002, 02:29 AM
Alex was quoted in an article saying she was disappointed that she lost because she is really trying to be seeded for Roland Garros. She must have no idea how close she is, because even with this loss she is in striking distance. She might even ended up being seeded in the top 25, if she keeps up the results.
Either way, Good Luck to her...Love to see more American players doing well.
Feb 2nd, 2002, 03:24 AM
Yeah Volcana I think you are being cynical and though I don't think you are wrong I still slightly disagree with you.
I think Alex has pondered what she wants to do with her game and after the U.S. Open (and of course after the 9/11 events) decided to dedicate herself more to tennis.
Now I don't really know what her mental state or phyical fitness looks likes right now cause I have not actually seen her play in awhile.
But her results as of late would have to suggest to me that she is finally ready to live up to her potential. She seems to have the desire and fire to take that extra step.
Holding her back would not do Alex any good Volcana.
Feb 2nd, 2002, 10:11 AM
Hi Jas, great to see you!!!! :):):)
I also think that Alex's improved form so far this year would have something to do with the old fact that Serve-volleyers take longer to develop...
Hopefully Alex is also maturing personally, some of those diary entries were just awful a while back, but I still find myself sort of pulling for her during matches cuz I love her attacking style, - Im a big lamenter of serve-volley tennis dwindling, so Alex's game is great to watch...
Feb 2nd, 2002, 11:16 AM
Volcana I disagree with your post in this Alexandra topic. I just don't see your reasoning behind what you mean? But to each their own.:)
Feb 2nd, 2002, 12:27 PM
She needs to improve her consistency and maybe her tactics and she will surely improve :)
Feb 2nd, 2002, 07:28 PM
BK4ever - Alexandra probably knows that she won't fare so well on the clay and will be overtaken by clay-court specialists, so she probably wants to get into the top 30 at least before the clay starts, which is pretty sensible and - on this form - quite likely.
It looks like she's definitely matured this year. This time last year she - or should I say her mother - were complete embarrassments to the tour (even Venus told Alexandra to tell Samantha to shut up!). I haven't heard a peep out of Samantha for ages (v.g.) and Alexandra has been playing with a) focus and b) consistency. I'd say that, together with Hantuchova and Kournikova, she should be top 20 by the US Open if she keeps this up.
(and before anyone goes :confused: at the inclusion of Anna there, I'll just say that Ms. Kournikova gave Monica a tougher match than Alexandra and, after Paris, will have nothing to defend until the end of 2002.)
Feb 2nd, 2002, 10:47 PM
Sartrista just because Anna took a set off Monica, this doesn't mean it was that much more tougher than what Alex did in losing in two sets.
By what the scores indicate and from the match statistics of both matches, the Monica/Alex match was much more intense and competitive.
Feb 2nd, 2002, 10:52 PM
Alex has improved , because she's been leaving Samantha at home :P
Feb 3rd, 2002, 01:37 AM
Well said Jakeev on your last post!! Alexandra gave Monica all that she could handle and IMHO if it weren't for that then Anna never would have took a set from a tired Monica! Monica found the will to win in that match! But imho Alex took a little from Seles. It was a helluva a match.:)