On this week's episode of the SI Tennis Beyond the Baseline Podcast, Sports Illustrated executive editor and host Jon Wertheim talks with Alexandra Stevenson.
After making headlines at 18 years old with a run from qualifying to the Wimbledon semifinals 1999, Stevenson rose to No. 18 in the rankings and made two WTA finals, but shoulder problems deterred her career in 2002. Since then, Stevenson has been working to get back to the top ranks of the WTA. Now 35, Stevenson checks in from an ITF tournament in Pelham, Ala., to talk with Wertheim about her life since surgery. Stevenson talks about managing her finances, what it was like to go from top 10 in the world to her current ranking of No. 545. Stevenson also discusses her current relationship with her father, Julius "Dr. J" Erving and how the unveiling of the news to the public at the age of 18 has affected her life since then.
Also on the podcast, Stevenson talks about what she would change in the WTA right now and what the she thinks the women currently in the Top 10 need to do to help the women's game.
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