It was only three months ago that the package was wrapped nice and tidy.
In a matter of hours, Sloane Stephens had gone from the teen saying, “Yeah, I think so,” when someone asked if she could really beat Serena Williams to become the rising star who had in fact beaten Serena Williams. It was a story punctuated with precisely 213 voice mail messages after that Australian Open upset, not to mention a tweet directed to her from John Legend — the guy she intends to have sing at her wedding.
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FED CUP: U.S. VS. SWEDEN
U.S. roster (world ranking in parentheses): Serena Williams (1), Sloane Stephens (16), Venus Williams (22), Varvara Lepchenko (27), captain Mary Joe Fernandez.
Swedish roster: Sofia Arvidsson (54), Johanna Larsson (66), Sandra Roma (431), Hilda Melander (445), captain Lars-Anders Wahlgren.
Where: Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.
When: 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
TV: Tennis Channel.
Tickets: Daily seats $30-$75 through ticketmaster.com or (888) 334-8782. Two-day packages are $70 and $120.