The Doctor's Daughter

An 18-year-old tennis phenom turns out to have a most spectacular athletic bloodline

Sport at its best is a microcosm of our species' nobility. But if we revel in watching the grace, skill and determination of men and women, we also can't help noticing when this prism of our society also refracts us in all our prurience.

For a few days last week, Alexandra Stevenson, an 18-year-old from San Diego, reminded us of the great things in sport. Before she was defeated by Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals at Wimbledon, she had become the first woman ever to advance to that point from the qualifying rounds. The "quallies," as they are known, are Grand...

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