Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ex-Wimbledon semifinalist to play 60K Berkeley qualies

   Alexandra Stevenson, who in 1999 became the first female qualifier to reach the Wimbledon semifinals, is scheduled to play Dominique Schaefer of Peru on Sunday after a noon match in the first round of qualifying for the $60,000 Berkeley Tennis Club Challenge.
   Stevenson, the daughter of basketball legend Julius Erving, reached a career-high No. 18 in 2002 before shoulder surgery derailed her career. The 37-year-old native of La Jolla in the San Diego area now is ranked No. 849.
   Michaela Gordon, 18, of Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, also will play after a noon match. Gordon, who played No. 1 singles and doubles as a freshman on Stanford's NCAA championship team in the spring, will face Amy Zhu, a 23-year-old American.
   Also in action will be former San Jose State star Sebastiani Leon, Cal rising senior Olivia Hauger and Bay Area rising high school sophomores Makenna Thiel and Connie Ma.
   Here are the qualifying draw and Sunday's schedule. Main-draw play will begin Tuesday at noon.

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