Win or lose, McNeil isn't given to emotional display. When she called her mom after defeating Graf, Dorothy told her to enjoy the moment, but Lori said there were too many more matches to play. "That's been her character all her life." says Dorothy. "Whether she's churning inside, I don't think anyone knows. No one knows what's going on inside."
Here's one clue. Around her neck McNeil wears a chain. Dangling from it is a gold pendant shaped like half a heart. The edge where the rest of the heart should be is cut jaggedly, and DAD and Charlie McNeil's number, 27, are carved into the gold. "He has the other half," says McNeil, who had the pendants made when she came home from Australia. "His says, I LOVE YOU, DAD. LORI."
Before Charlie was buried, his daughter laid the cool, cut heart on his chest. Then she said goodbye.