“Heartache Feels Endlessly Deep”: Sloane Stephens on Her Aunt and Grandmother’s Demise

Published 01/14/2021, 3:54 PM EST
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The coronavirus pandemic has been very difficult for humanity. Tennis players have also suffered, and some are grieving the demise of their close ones due to the deadly vaccine. 2017 US Open champ Sloane Stephens is also mourning the death of her aunt and grandmother, who died due to coronavirus.

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Understandably, Stephens is very sad and deeply hurt. She updated everyone about her situation and paid tribute to her aunt and grandmother.
“My heartache feels endlessly deep.. We recently put my grandma and aunt to rest within weeks of each other. Covid took Auntie Anna the day after Christmas and then took my grandmother home last Sunday,” Stephens tweeted.

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My aunt taught me to never take no for an answer and fight for everything I dream of. Fall down and get back up. And beyond anything, love yourself. pic.twitter.com/ZIB68C4kj8

— sloanestephens (@SloaneStephens) January 14, 2021

“They both helped me on my journey to being the woman that I am, and provided me with the strength and faith that I hold onto as I face the new year without them.”
The COVID-19 pandemic also caught some players as well. Just prior to leaving for the Australian Open 2021, Andy Murray and Madison Keys announced that they had tested positive for the virus. This also has a serious effect on their Aussie Open participation. Madison Keys will not play the Grand Slam, but Murray’s team is still looking at a small chance of participating in Melbourne.

Sloane Stephens struggling with poor form

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Sloane Stephens celebrates a point. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Sloane Stephens form has been bad. Over the past few years, the American has struggled with bad form. Since winning the 2017 US Open, she has gone downhill.

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After the 2017 US Open, she did reach a Grand Slam final at the French Open 2018, but she lost that to Simona Halep. Since then she has won just one title and her Grand Slam outing has been poor.
She is yet to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2019. Her ranking is over 30 as well. But despite all this, Stephens is still only 27 and still has time to change her situation. She would want to leave the year behind and start afresh in 2021.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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