On August 1st, after her first-round loss at the Citi Open, in Washington, which was her second straight defeat after coming back from a foot injury that had sidelined her for nearly a year, Sloane Stephens sat in front of the press and said, “Eventually, I will beat someone.”Stephens has always been quick with the quips, and sheYou've read your last complimentary article this month. To read the full article, SUBSCRIBE NOWIf you're already a subscriber please sign in or link your subscription .
Sloane Stephens was sitting in the shade outside Arthur Ashe Stadium, telling me that her life is normal — insisting upon it, really — when Mom called to say that soon there was a players’ meeting in the referees’ office, and that she had to be ready to appear in the stadium for Kids’ Day, and then there was that American Express event — but first an agent was on his way with a man who needed her to sign some things.
There aren’t many certainties in life, but, during this decade, a men’s major tennis tournament offered one of them. Whatever chaos was wrecking the world, there was order in the second week of a slam: a group of gatekeepers—the likes of David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych—would vanquish any upstarts who had managed to slip through the early rounds, then meekly bow out against the very top players, who then would face each other, often producing some of the greatest tennis in memory.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".