U.S. tennis player Alexandra Stevenson is preparing for her first tournament since her remarkable run to the Wimbledon semifinals this month. The Pan American Games competition begins Thursday, with Stevenson, the top seed, facing Brazilian Miriam D'Agostini.
But today, Stevenson faced her first test: a news conference with about 15 members of the media. The entire U.S. Pan Am team, including Rockville's Paul Goldstein, attended, but most of the questions were directed at Stevenson.
Stevenson became the first qualifier to reach the semifinals of the women's singles competition at Wimbledon. However, much of the media attention at Wimbledon centered on controversial comments that her mother, journalist Samantha Stevenson, made regarding the women's tour, and on the news that former basketball great Julius Erving is her father.
Alexandra Stevenson declined to comment on her relationship with her father. She said that her life has not changed much since Wimbledon, except that "my ranking went up [she is now No. 37] and I still don't have a car."
The tennis competition begins Thursday at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club.
Ruiz Is Fifth in 10-Meter Diving
U.S. diver Mark Ruiz finished fifth in the men's 10-meter platform competition at Pan Am Pool.
Ruiz, a 10-time national champion and the top seed going into the event, struggled at the start and could not recover. Mexico's Fernando Platas won the gold medal with 649.74 points; Ruiz finished with 602.58.
"I'm very disappointed with myself right now," Ruiz said. "I don't know what I can learn from this; I guess what I can learn is that I can try to come back a little stronger." . . .
Jordan Irving (T.C. Williams) and Mike Callahan (Washington-Lee) teamed with Martin Crotty and Jon Brown to win the silver medal in the men's four at Lake Minnedosa. Argentina took the gold in 5 minutes 59.51 seconds; the U.S. crew finished in 6:03.98. . . .
Germantown's Yeping Tang became the first American to win a gold medal in Pan Am badminton competition with her 11-7, 11-13, 11-3 victory over Canada's Charmaine Reid. This is the second Pan Am Games that has included badminton.
Two More Cubans Seek Asylum
Two more Cubans -- a shooter and a softball coach -- have sought asylum in Canada, sources close to the Cuban team told the Associated Press. The two members of the Cuban delegation to the Pan American Games left the team this week. The sources would not provide the names of the Cubans, who would be the third and fourth members of the delegation to seek asylum at the Games.