From my column at FoxSports.com
Sloane Stephens tweets about her nails, about arguing with her brother, about debating with her mom over what kind of car to buy. Typical 18-year-old things. But Stephens, the American tennis hopeful, also loves to deliver short-order philosophies in 140 characters or less:
“Count your blessings, not your worries.’’
And: “Things fall apart so that other things can fall together.’’
Her little daily affirmations would make a Hallmark card writer proud.
But on Thursday night, after her breakthrough victory in the US Open — 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), over 23rd seed Shahar Peer — her words came straight from her heart:
“2 years without you here with me, I miss you dad! I know your always with me! You would have been so proud of me today! I love you.’’
The US Open is always going to be a conflicted place for Stephens.
“I still think about that,’’ she said recently. “Like I say, I played on Court 11 when I came back from the funeral, and it was crazy. I don’t even know how I played.
“I woke up. I came back late at night. I woke up the next morning and played the second or third match on. It was crazy. Like the emotions and everything were crazy.’’
The story is deeper.
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