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Alexandra Stevenson : biography

December 21, 1980 -

Alexandra Winfield Stevenson (born December 15, 1980 in La Jolla, California) is a professional tennis player from the United States. She is a former top-20 player in singles.

Playing style

Stevenson joined Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Mary Pierce and Jennifer Capriati as a power player on the WTA Tour in 1999. 6' 1" and right-handed, she plays with a one-handed backhand. Her serve, forehand, and one-handed backhand are noted weapons in Stevenson's all-court game. Her fastest serve was clocked at 125 mph. She had the fastest second serve in the women's game from 1999-2004 at 105-115 mph. She was the first woman to amass 57 aces during the Wimbledon fortnight in 1999. The power game came from years of repetitive lessons. At nine years old, Stevenson began traveling from her home in San Diego to Los Angeles to be coached by Robert Lansdorp and Pete Fischer. It was Lansdorp who developed her powerful ground game, changing her two-handed backhand to a one-handed backhand. Lansdorp would tie her arm with an ace bandage to work on the backhand motion. Fischer, who also coached Pete Sampras, developed Stevenson's service motion, often used by coaches to teach "the perfect service motion." Fischer designed service drills to resemble Sampras' fluid serve.

Singles performance timeline

Current through the French Open in Paris, France, which ended on June 8, 2008.

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Career
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R A A A A 0 / 5
French Open A A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A A 0 / 4
Wimbledon A A A SF 2R 2R 1R 1R A A A A A 0 / 5
US Open A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 5–2 1-4 2-4 0–4 1-4 0-2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 9–21
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A NH NH NH A NH NH NH A NH NH NH A 0 / 0
WTA Tier I Tournaments
Doha _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ A 0 / 0
Indian Wells 1R 1R A 2R 2R 1R 4R 2R 1R A 1R A A 0 / 9
Key Biscayne A A 1R A 1R 2R 4R 2R 1R A A A A 0 / 6
Charleston A A A 1R 1R 2R A 1R 1R 3R A A 2R 0 / 7
Berlin A A A A 2R A A A A A A A A 0 / 1
Rome A A A A 1R A A 1R A A A A A 0 / 2
Montreal/Toronto A A A 1R 1R A 3R A A A A A 0 / 3
Tokyo A A A A 2R A QF 1R A A A A 0 / 3
Moscow _ A A A A 2R A 2R A A A A 0 / 2
San Diego _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ A A A A 0 / 0
Zurich A A A A A 1R QF 2R A A A A 0 / 3
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
Overall Win–Loss 213–2191
Year End Ranking 355 394 126 46 93 60 18 82 282 645 394 399
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