05 August 2011

30 Days of Tennis Challenge: Favourite retired women's player

Monica Seles
This is one of my absolute favourite pics of Monica - right after she beat #1 Martina Hingis in the 1998 French Open semis to make the final. Monica had just lost her father to cancer, and the pure joy on her face when she won still makes me tear up.

As I wrote about here, Monica was starting to make noise when I started watching tennis and I just loved her from day one. From mid 1990 til mid-1993 she was the dominant number one on the WTA. Then the dark years until 1995. And a comeback that saw her still contend but never be the player she was. Ah...what could have been. But, Monica seems happy with her life and what more could a fan wish for?

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