"Every so often in tennis, youth conquers all. Bellis played in a trance that reminded me of Monica Seles and Rafael Nadal when they were teenagers. She took almost no time between points. On changeovers, she stood up well before the chair umpire called time and waited impatiently at the baseline for the next game to start. And as she closed in on her 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win, Bellis kept belting the ball with blank-eyed fearlessness. It was like watching the tennis version of levitation."
"Most people imagine that resolving particular problems will make them happy. If only one had more money, or love, or success, then life would feel manageable. It can be devastating to realize the falseness of such tempered optimism. A great hope gets crushed every time someone reminds us that happiness can be neither assumed nor earned; that we are all prisoners of our own flawed brains; that the ultimate aloneness in each of us is, finally, inviolable."