While on the road, coached by mother, Samantha Stevenson; formerly coached by Peter Fischer, Robert Lansdorp, Del Little, Larry Easley ... Grew up playing on hardcourts in Southern California (from age of nine) ... Mother was sports writer from 1970-2000 ... Lists Court, Graf as role models for their performance under pressure ... Childhood friends with Williams sisters from age of eight; played against Venus at 9 and 10 ... Other interests include singing, dancing; wants to attend Yale School of Drama after tennis career ... Favorite recording artists are Eva Cassidy, Frank Sinatra, Alicia Keys ... Reads a book a day; likes English royal history, chick lit and high brow including Meg Cabot and F. Scott Fitzgerald ... Considers Meryl Streep her acting role model, Sarah Jessica Parker a fashion icon ... Lists most important city as NYC.
- Appearances include playing with Agassi, Sampras in four consecutive Elton John Smash Hits Aids Benefits; winning 2002 Survivor Contest at US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day while wearing blonde Afro wig in honor of Foxxy Cleopatra from Austin Powers; favorite appearances are Today Show, Barbara Walters Show, CNN TV, ESPN TV, ESPN's Outside the Lines, CBS TV Topspin Magazine, Craig Kilborn Show, Best Damned Sports Show and most recently on The Tennis Channel as color commentator for 2004 Kremlin Cup; also threw first pitch at a 2000 Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball game; threw first pitch at 2002 San Diego Padres Major League Baseball game and traded racquet for World Series bat from long-time friend, Tony Gwynn.- Subject of many newspaper and magazine articles, including 'The Natural' by Tom Friend for ESPN Magazine, awarded and published in Best Sports Stories in 2001.- Invited to play on the United States Senate tennis court in 2003 during Fed Cup appearance in Washington, DC, and met First Lady Laura Bush; in 2002, met with South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges to talk about bringing the Confederate Flag down from Statehouse and was invited by Hodges to speak before General Assembly; met for breakfast with Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist to discuss tennis in US; in 2000, spoke before the Oklahoma State Congress during the Oklahoma City tournament.- From April-September 2002, participated with Monica Seles in Bayer Aspirin for American Heart Association Aces, a program in which Bayer donated $1,500 dollars to the American Heart Association for each ace served (Stevenson served 127); program still continues as Alexandra's Aces.- In 2002, created "Where in the World is Alexandra?" e-mail for Billie Jean King and Illana Kloss World Team Tennis schools program and continues to send travel diaries to selected schools and media outlets.- Published article in New York Times on September 23, 2001 about Manuel Del Valle, Jr, a firefighter who died September 11, 2001; wore Fire Engine No.5 patch on hat for one year to honor Del Valle's life (US Open also honored Del Valle, a driver for the tournament, prior to the 2002 men's final).- Has received instruction from some of the greatest legends in the sport: Ellsworth Vines, a Wimbledon champion in 1932 and a US champion in 1931 and 1932, gave Stevenson a lesson on how to hit a one-handed backhand; Bobby Riggs, Don Budge and Tracy Austin have also tutored her; Riggs used to entice Stevenson by putting $100 bills under cones on the court.- Awards and recognitions received include TENNIS magazine's 1999 Rolex Rookie of the Year and featured cover story in 1999; People magazine's Newcomer of 2000.- Won fast-serve contest (and a $500 watch) for spectators at the 1997 Infiniti Open in Los Angeles; served at 117 mph.- Graduated from LaJolla Country Day school in May 1999 w/honors; voted Best Athlete and Most Likely to be Famous by classmates; offered scholarship to University of California at Los Angeles, but chose to turn pro.- Sang and danced in high school performances of Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls and Pajama Game; sang with Madrigals; sang with the Gospel Choir of Quebec in 2002 at Quebec City tournament; sang Joy to the World with band at Millennium New Year's Eve Celebration at Hopman Cup in Perth; sang for BBC TV during 1999 rain delay at Wimbledon.- Junior highlights include being member of United States National Team in 1997, ranked No.5 in US Girls' 18s in 1996; won doubles at 1997 US Open with Marissa Irvin; won doubles with Irvin at 1997 USTA National Girls' 18s; doubles finalist with Tracy Singian at 1996 USTA National Girls' 18s; finalist at 1996 USTA National Girls' 18 Clay Courts.- Won three California high school (CIF) singles titles 1995-97 and team titles in 1995 and 1996 for LaJolla Country Day school in San Diego, California, USA, becoming the first player in 67-year history of school to win a state tennis title; also named the CIF Most Valuable Player 1995-97.- Tour mentor was Tracy Austin in the Partners for Success Alumni program.
SINGLESWinner: 1998 - ITF/Midland, MI-USA.Finalist (2): 2002 - Memphis, Linz.Semifinalist (2): 2003 - Scottsdale; 1999 - Wimbledon.Quarterfinalist (12): 2002 - Sydney, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Québec City, Filderstadt, Zürich; 2001 - Oklahoma City, Québec City, Linz; 2000 - Sydney; 1999 - Oklahoma City, Birmingham; 1998 - Québec City.DOUBLESWinner (1): 2002 - Leipzig (w/S.Williams).ADDITIONALAmerican Fed Cup Team 2003; American Pan American Team 1999.
1996 - Played first event of career at Indian Wells, falling 1r (as unranked WC).1997 - Played two Tour events at Indian Wells and San Diego, falling 1r at both (as WC); fell in Tour qualifying once.1998 - Reached QF at Québec City (l. to Dechy) and 2r at Stanford; fell 1r five times (incl. in Grand Slam debut at US Open); fell in Tour qualifying four times; won one singles title on ITF Circuit.1999 - Career breakthrough at Wimbledon, reaching SF (was first female qualifier in tournament's history to reach SF and second player overall after McEnroe-1977; by reaching SF in Wimbledon debut equaled the feats of Evert, Kournikova; notched wins over Raymond (saved mp), No.11 seed Halard-Decugis and Dokic en route, falling to eventual champion Davenport); turned pro during the Wimbledon fortnight; afterwards, surged into Top 50 for first time (rose from No.86 to No.36); QF twice, at Oklahoma (l. to V.Williams) and Birmingham (ret. vs. Serna); had first three Top 20 wins, at Birmingham (No.14 Van Roost), Wimbledon (No.18 Halard-Decugis) and Philadelphia (No.17 Huber); reached 2r three times; fell 1r five times (incl. US Open) and in Tour qualifying five times (incl. Australian Open).2000 - Reached QF at Sydney (d. No.8 Schett en route for first Top 10 win; l. to Kournikova); reached 2r seven times; fell 1r 17 times (incl. all four majors) and in Tour qualifying once.2001 - Reached QF three times, at Oklahoma City (l. to Seles), Québec City (l. to Shaughnessy) and Linz (l. to Dokic); reached 3r twice and 2r five times (incl. Australian Open, Wimbledon); fell 1r five times (incl. other two majors) and in Tour qualifying eight times.2002 - Best season to date, finishing at No.18; reached first two Tour singles finals at Memphis (l. to Raymond 76 third set; held 5mp) and Linz (l. to Henin); QF five times, at Sydney (l. to Shaughnessy), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to Seles 76(9) 76(9); held 3sp in first set and 8sp in second set), Québec City (l. to Farina Elia), Filderstadt (l. to Hantuchova) and Zürich (l. to Martínez); reached 4r twice, 3r twice and 2r five times; fell 1r eight times (incl. all four majors); had five Top 10 wins, at Sydney (No.2 Capriati), Filderstadt (No.3 Capriati), Zürich (No.6 Dokic) and Linz (No.3 Capriati, No.9 Hantuchova); made Top 20 debut on October 28 (after Linz; rose from No.22 to No.18); also earned alternate spot at Tour Championships (after withdrawals of Hingis, Mauresmo); won first Tour doubles title at Leipzig (w/S.Williams).2003 - Reached SF at Scottsdale (l. to Sugiyama 76 third set; held 3mp); reached 3r once and 2r 14 times (incl. Australian Open); fell 1r 10 times (incl. other three majors); stuggled with injuries during season (shoulder, back and foot) that hampered her in defending 2002 results (ended at No.82).2004 - First non-Top 100 finish in six years in injury-plagued season; fell 1r in all seven Tour main draws (incl. Australian Open, US Open) and in Tour qualifying nine times (incl. Wimbledon); on September 21, underwent right shoulder surgery.2005 - Returned to Tour during summer hardcourt season from 2004 surgery, falling 1r in lone Tour main draw at Stanford (as WC, l. to Hantuchova) and in Tour qualifying six times; continued rehabilitation of right shoulder at season's end.2006 - Fell 1r in four Tour main draws contested and in Tour qualifying five times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open); right shoulder problems continued throughout season (incl. forcing retirement from 1r match at Cincinnati vs. Mirza).2007 - Successfully finished rehabilitation assignments from Kevin Wilk of Champions Sports Medicine, Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Jeff Dugas of Birmingham Sports Medicine; Tour Sports Medicine Staff monitored assignments (following labral Type II repair in September 2004, a baseball pitcher-type rehabilitation protocol was completed at 12, 18, 24 and 36-month rotations); will play a full schedule in 2008.2008 - Reached 2r in lone Tour main draw at Charleston (as qualifier, l. to top seed Jankovic); fell in Tour qualifying 10 times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open); also played on ITF Circuit.
JANUARY - Fell in Australian Open qualifying.FEBRUARY - Fell in Paris [Indoors] qualifying; fell 1r at Memphis (as WC, l. to King).MARCH - Fell in Monterrey qualifying.APRIL - Fell in Ponte Vedra Beach qualifying; fell 1r at Charleston (as WC, l. to Amanmuradova).MAY - Fell in Estoril qualifying.
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