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Published August 24, 2015

Photo of the Week: Novak Djokovic congratulating Roger Federer
winning the 2015 Cininnati title. Photo: Tennis Photos

zzWeek of August 17-23, 2015  







AUG 16 - AUG 23
Last yearIsingles champion:
Serena Williams (USA)
Prize Money: $2,400,490


(1) Serena Williams (USA) d (14) Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-4, 6-3

(2) Simona Halep (ROU) d Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-1, 6-2

(1) Serena Williams (USA) d (2) Simona Halep (ROU) 6-3, 7-6(5)

Tourn. Director Vince Cicero Draw:
S-56 D-24


H.Chan (TPE) / Y.Chan (TPE) d (1) M.Hingis (SUI) / S.Mirza (IND)
6-4, 0-6, 10-6

(4) C.Dellacqua (AUS) / Y.Shvedova (KAZ) d C.Chuang (TPE) / S.Hsieh (TPE) 6-2, 7-5

H.Chan (TPE) / Y.Chan (TPE) d (4) C.Dellacqua (AUS) / Y.Shvedova (KAZ) 7-5, 6-4

WTA Tour







AUG 16 - AUG 23
Last year singles champion:
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Tier: Masters 1000
IPrize Money: I$4,457,065



(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) d (17) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2

(2) Roger Federer (SUI) d (3) Andy Murray (GBR) 6-4, 7-6(6)

(2) Roger Federer (SUI) d (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB)
7-6(1), 6-3

Tourn. Director Vince Cicero Draw:
S-56 D-24


D.Nestor (CAN) / E.Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d F.Lopez (ESP) / M.Mirnyi (BLR) 7-5, 6-4

(6) M.Matkowski (POL) / N.Zimonjic (SRB) d (2) I.Dodig (CRO) / M.Melo (BRA) 6-4, 6-4

D.Nestor (CAN) / E.Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d (6) M.Matkowski (POL) / N.Zimonjic (SRB) 6-2, 6-2

ATP Tour

History of USTA League - a 35 Year Success Story

Lessons to learn from true legends of tennis

How Tennis Works: Two-Handed Backhand
with Carl Bryan

USTA League Coordinators, the backbone of local league tennis

Photos here

Women's Tour

AUG 17 - AUG 23

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(1) Serena Williams (USA) d (3) Simona Halep (ROU) 6-3, 7-6(5)

Photo: Fox News

Photo: SkySports.com

Serena Williams held off a fierce challenge from Simona Halep to win her fifth WTA title of the year, the milestone 69th WTA title of her career, keep an amazing finals streak going and head into the US Open - where she's going for her 22nd major - brimming with confidence.
Read more here (WTA)

Photo: Getty Images

  • CHAMPION 1 Serena Williams (USA). R1: Bye. R2: Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 7-5, 6-3. R3: Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-0, 6-2. Q: (6) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. S: (14) Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-4, 6-3. F: (3) Simona Halep (ROU) 6-3, 7-6(5) CHAMPION
  • 2 Maria Sharapova (RUS). R1: Bye. Withdrawn, Leg injury
  • FINALIST 3 Simona Halep (ROU). R1: Bye. R2: Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. R3: (15) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Q: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 7-6(3), 6-2. S: Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-1, 6-2. F: (1) Serena Williams (USA) 3-6, 6-7(5)
  • 4 Petra Kvitova (CZE). R1: Bye. R2: Caroline Garcia (FRA) 5-7, 6-4, 2-6. Kvitova out in R2
  • 5 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN). R1: Bye. R2: Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 6-0, 6-4. Wozniacki out in R2
  • 6 Ana Ivanovic (SRB). R1: Bye. R2: Bye. R3: Sloane Stephens (USA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Q: (1) Serena Williams (USA) 6-3, 4-6, 2-6. Ivanovic out in the Quarters
  • 7 Lucie Safarova (CZE). R1: Bye. R2: (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 6-4, 7-5. R3: Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-2, 0-0(ret). Q: (14) Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4-6, 6-2, 0-6. Safarova out in the Quarters.
  • 8 Karolina Pliskova (CZE). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Timea Babos (HUN) 6-4, 7-5. R3: Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 2-6, 6-3, 5-7. Pliskova out in R3
  • 9 Garbine Muguruza (ESP). R1: (Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 4-6, 6-7(0). Muguruza out in R1
  • 10 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP).R1: Sloane Stephens (USA) 1-6, 2-6. Suarez Navarro out in R1
  • 11 Angelique Kerber (GER). R1: Belinda Bencic (SUI) 5-7, 3-6. Kerber out in R1
  • 12 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI). R1: Madison Keys (USA) 4-6, 3-6. Bacsinszky out in R1
  • 13 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL). R1: (Q) Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-4, 3-6, 1-6. Radwanska out in R1
  • 14 Elina Svitolina (UKR). R1: (WC) Alison Riske (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. R2: Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 7-6(6), 7-5.R3: Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-0, 6-3. Q: (7) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0. S: (1) Serena Williams (USA) 4-6, 3-6. Svitolina out in the Semis
  • 15 Andrea Petkovic (GER). R1: (Q) Julia Goerges (GER) 6-4, 6-2. R2: Camila Giorgi (ITA) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. R3: (3) Simona Halep (ROU) 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. Petkovic out in R3
  • 16 Sara Errani (ITA). R1: Daria Gavrilova (RUS) 1-6, 6-4, 2-6. Errani out in R1
  • Best Qualifier: Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) - Quarters
  • Best WC: CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) - R2
  • Best Unseeded: Jelena Jankovic (SRB) - Semis


Hao-Chin Chan (TPE) / Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) d (4) C.Dellacqua (AUS) / Y.Shvedova (KAZ) 7-5, 6-4

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Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan won their fourth WTA doubles title together at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday, and by doing so now have the second-most WTA doubles titles for a pair of sisters in WTA history after only Serena Williams and Venus Williams.
Read more here (WTA)


Men's Tour

AUG 17 - AUG 23

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SINGLES DRAW - Federer Foils Djokovic For Seventh Cincy Crown

(2) Roger Federer (SUI) d (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 7-6(1), 6-3

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Roger Federer won the 41st clash of titans against rival Novak Djokovic, claiming his seventh Western & Southern Open crown 7-6(1), 6-3 on Sunday.
Read more here (ATP)

Photo: TennisTV

  • FINALIST 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB). R1: Bye. R2: (LL) Benoit Paire (FRA) 7-5, 6-2. R3: (13) David Goffin (BEL) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Q: (5) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-4, 6-1. S: (17) (Q) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. F: (2) Roger Federer (SUI) 6-7(1), 3-6
  • CHAMPION 2 Roger Federer (SUI). R1: Bye. R2: Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 6-4, 6-4. R3: (15) Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-1, 6-1. Q: Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 6-4. S: (3) Andy Murray (GBR) 6-4, 7-6(6). F: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 7-6(1), 6-3. CHAMPION
  • 3 Andy Murray (GBR). R1: Bye. R2: (WC) Mardy Fish (USA) 6-4, 7-6(1). R3: (16) Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5. Q: (12) Richard Gasquet (FRA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. S: (2) Roger Federer (SUI) 4-6, 6-7(6) Murray out in the Semis
  • 4 Kei Nishikori (JPN) - withdrawn
  • 5 Stan Wawrinka (SUI). R1: Bye. R2: Boma Coric (CRO) 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3. R3: Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(5). Q: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4-6, 1-6. Wawrinka out in the Quarters
  • 6 Tomas Berdych (CZE). R1: Bye. R2: Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 6-2, 6-3. R3: Tommy Robredo (ESP). Q: (17) (Q) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 4-6, 2-6. Berdych out in the Quarters
  • 7 Marin Cilic (CRO). R1: Bye. R2: Joao Sousa (POR) 6-4, 6-2. R3: (12) Richard Gasquet (FRA) 5-7, 3-6. Cilic out in R3
  • 8 Rafa Nadal (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-3, 6-4. R3: Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-5, 4-6, 6-7(3) Nadal out in R3
  • 9 Milos Raonic (CAN). R1: Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-7(4), 4-6. Raonic out in R1
  • 10 Gilles Simon (FRA). R1: Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 4-6, 7-6(3), 3-6. Simon out in R1
  • 11 John Isner (USA). R1: Sam Querrey (USA) 3-6, 6-7(3). Isner out in R1
  • 12 Richard Gasquet (FRA). R1: Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 6-2, 6-1. R2: (Q) Thanasi Kokkinamis (AUS) 7-6(5), 6-2. R3: (7) Marin Cilic (CRO) 7-5, 6-3. Q: (3) Andy Murray (GBR) 6-4, 1-6, 4-6. Gasquet out in the Quarters
  • 13 David Goffin (BEL). R1: (Q) Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. R2: Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-4, 7-6(4). R3: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4-6, 6-2, 3-6. Goffin out in R3
  • 14 Gael Monfils (FRA). R1: Jerzy Janowicz 4-6, 5-7. Monfils out in R1
  • 15 Kevin Anderson (RSA). R1: Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1. R2: Jack Sock (USA) 6-3, 7-6(7). R3: (2) Roger Federer (SUI) 1-6, 1-6. Anderson out in R3
  • 16 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL). R1: Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. R2: (Q) Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 7-6(4), 7-6(5). R3: (3) Andy Murray (GBR) 6-4, 6-7(3), 5-7. Dimitrov out in R3
  • 17 (Q) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR). R1: Bye. R2: Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-4, 6-1 R3: Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Q: (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE) 6-4, 6-2. S: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 6-4, 6-7(5), 2-6. Dolgopolov out in the Semis
  • Best Qualifier: (17) (Q) Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) - Semifinal
  • Best WC: Jared Donaldson, Mardy Fish (both USA) - R2
  • Best Unseeded: Tommy Robredo (ESP), Ivo Karlovic (CRO) - R2

DOUBLES DRAW - Nestor/Roger-Vasselin Win First Team Title

D.Nestor (CAN) / E.Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d (6) M.Matkowski (POL) / N.Zimonjic (SRB) 6-2, 6-2

Photo: Getty Images

Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, playing in their second ATP World Tour event together, claimed the Cincinnati title with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic.
Read more here (ATP)

Photos here

WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Minor movements in the Top 10. Rybarikova moved down 25 spots to 79.
Shvedova moved up 19 points to 87
DOUBLES: Dellacqua moved 4 spots to no. 10. Chuang moves up 17 to 45. Erakovic moves down 19 to 90.






Williams, Serena


Mirza, Sania


Halep, Simona


Hingis, Martina


Sharapova, Maria


Mattek-Sands, Beth


Wozniacki, Caroline


Vesnina, Elena


Kvitova, Petra


Makarova, Ekaterina


Šafárová, Lucie


Šafárová, Lucie


Ivanovic, Ana


Mladenovic, Kristina


Pliskova, Karolina


Black, Cara


Muguruza, Garbine


Dellacqua, Casey




Srebotnik, Katarina


ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Two Swiss move up. Federer to no. 2, Wawrinka to no. 4. Nadal drops down to 10.
DOUBLES: Matkowski moves up 4 to 7 while Bolelli drops down to 11. Lopez goes up 10 to 42.
Groth drops down 10 to 95.






Djokovic, Novak


Bryan, Bob


Federer, Roger


Bryan, Mike


Murray, Andy


Melo, Marcelo


Wawrinka, Stan


Dodig, Ivan


Nishikori, Kei


Tecau, Horia


Berdych, Tomas


Rojer, Jean-Julien


Ferrer, David


Matkowski, Marcin


Raonic, Milos


Fognini, Fabio


Cilic, Marin


Zimonjic, Nenad


Nadal, Rafael


Bopanna, Rohan



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  • Twitter @ANCALERTS - Tennis: Controversial Kyrgios makes quick Cincinnati exit http://j.mp/1K55sKn

    Photo: ABS-CBN News Channel
  • Twitter @livetennis - Nick Kyrgios thrashed by Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati, brother Christos denied entry. Story: http://bit.ly/KyrgiosCincy
  • Twitter @BenRothenberg - Christos Kyrgios, fresh off threatening and derogatory comments, in stands watching Nick. Denied credential; bought a ticket. #cincytennis
  • Twitter @TheTennisTalker - Nick Kyrgios is now using twitter to communicate with his fellow players..... is it because no one will pick up the phone to him?
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  • Twitter @SkySportsTennis - Here's the details as Nick Kyrgios limped out of Cincinnati, losing to Richard Gasquet http://skysports.tv/OXiqnt

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  • Twitter @WTA - "I love playing, especially when I'm in front of a great crowd like @CincyTennis." -@SerenaWilliams #WTA
  • Twitter @BenRothenberg - #CincyTennis sets a new record for total attendance: 199,217.
  • @andy_murray - With @MardyFish after our match tonight/this morning! One of my trickiest opponents?? good Person, fun guy

    Photo: Andy Murray
  • Twitter @TheTennisTalker - Serena Williams wins the WTA Cincinnati title 6-3 7-6 over Simona Halep, perfect preparation for the US Open
  • Twitter @swiss_tennis - What do you say @TimiBacs, @BelindaBencic & @mhingis ? We are working on getting the WTA-Tournament to SUI! https://www.swisstennis.ch/fr/swiss-tennis-pr%C3%A9pare-le-terrain-pour-accueillir-un-tournoi-wta-d%C3%A8s-2017-en-suisse
  • Twitter @TennisTV - @Simona_Halep can be proud of her efforts. Playing well. Look out NYC! http://tnn.is/live #WTA #tennis
  • Twitter @CincyTennis - 1st time both Men and Women champions have defended their titles since Bobby Riggs and Virginia Hollinger did so in 1937/1938. #CincyTennis
  • Tweet of the Week
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    Photo: Serena Williams
  • Twitter @Simona_Halep - I lost, but I can't be sad, I had 2 amazing weeks. @darren_cahill , thanks for being there with me. Thanks to Theo, Razvan, Drago as well!
  • Twitter @BenRothenberg - Serena deserved to win #CincyTennis if only because her outfit is hybrid of two of past best: 2004 US + 2015 Aussie.
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  • Twitter @TennisTV - A look of concern. BB's man #Djokovic saves BPs in game 3 to hold for 2-1 @CincyTennis. http://tnn.is/live
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  • Twitter @MardyFish - Whoever says @rogerfederer can't win another slam doesn't know Bleep about tennis.
  • Twitter @VIBHUISM - @rogerfederer is the 1st man in #ATP #OpenEra to win two #ATP1000 masters titles without dropping service even once.. #CincyTennis (12&15)

    Photo ?
  • Twitter @nicklester - Been privileged to travel with tennis for a few years,not sure I've seen a more impressive display than the 1 we saw this week from Federer.
  • Twitter @PHShriver - Fascinating that @rogerfederer playing his best most aggressive tennis moving forward w clarity while Rafa has been a non factor recently.
  • Twitter @tennis_updates - Career Slam: stopped by a Swiss. Career Golden Slam: stopped by a Swiss. Novak has to wait longer for the elusive Cincy title.
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AUG 23 - AUG 29

Tier - Premier
Prize Money: $689,063
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Anne Worcester
Draw: S-32 D-16


  • 1 Simona Halep (ROU) - withdrawn (left leg pains)
  • 1 (LL) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
  • 2 Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • 3 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
  • 4 (WC) Lucie Safarova (CZE)
  • 5 Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  • 6 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
  • 7 (WC) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
  • 8 Sara Errani (ITA)

Plus: Giorgi, Cibulkova, Pennetta, Bouchard, Keys, Svitolina


  • 1 Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) / Elena Vesnina (RUS)
  • 2 Racquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA)
  • 3 Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
  • 4 Julia Goerges (GER) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

Plus: Arruabarrena / Melichar, Falconi / Robson

Petra Kvitova (CZE)

Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) / Andreja Klepac (SLO)




AUGUST 23 - 30 2015

Tier - 250
Prize Money: $616,210
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Bill Oakes
Draw: S-48 D-16


  • 1 Gilles Simon (FRA)
  • 2 (WC) Kevin Anderson (RSA)
  • 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
  • 4 Viktor Troicki (SRB)
  • 5 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
  • 6 Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
  • 7 Sam Querrey (USA)
  • 8 Boma Coric (CRO)
  • 9 Benoit Paire (FRA)
  • 10 Joao Sousa (POR)
  • 11 Jiri Vesely (CZE)
  • 12 Pablo Andujar (ESP)
  • 13 Steve Johnson (USA)
  • 14 Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
  • 15 Teymuraz Gabashvili (KAZ)
  • 16 Jerzy Janowicz (POL)

Plus: Haas, Young, Istomin, Groth, Haase, Dolgopolov, Gulbis


  • 1 Lukasz Kubot (POL) daniel Nestor (CAN)
  • 2 Treat Huey (PHI) / David Marrero (ESP)
  • 3 Eric Butorac (USA) / Scott Lipsky (USA)
  • 4 Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

Plus: Monroe / Paire, Harrison / Harrison

Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) / Robert farah (COL)

Monica Seles?

HISTORY (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

BORN: December 2, 1973
PLACE OF BIRTH: Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
PLAYED: Left-handed

Photo: International Tennis Hall of Fame

You didn’t have to see Monica Seles to know she was playing. You would hear her first.

Her grunts and shrieks were as legendary as her pulverizing two-handed forehand and backhand. U.K. newspaper The Telegraph wrote that she was the inspirations behind Wimbledon’s Centre Court “grunt-o-meter” and recorded her decibel level at 93.2, equivalent to a police whistle, noisy home appliances, a pneumatic drill, and not far below a jackhammer.

Photo: MonicaSelesSite.com

The bigger the moment, the louder Seles became, which meant that throughout her career she frequently reached rocket launching levels. “Some people loved it (the grunt), others hated it,” Seles told the Wall Street Journal in 2013. “I grunted since I was age 7. I was a little girl, and they didn’t have kid’s racquets in those days. So my dad just gave me his racquet to play with, but I was tiny, so I put all my energy into it, just the same way I played with two hands from both sides, because I had to. It wasn’t an issue until I became No. 1 and then the competitors always try to find a little edge started to complain, because at the end of the day it [tennis] was a super competitive industry.”

Said rival Gabriella Sabatini, who lost to Seles in the 1990 Tour Final at Madison Square Garden, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, the first women’s five set match in 89 years, “she hits the ball very, very hard.”

From 1991 to 1993 Seles played in eight major singles finals and captured seven of them, all before her 20th birthday. At age 18, when most teenagers are determining their freshman college courses, Seles became the world’s No. 1 ranked player, a slot she held in 1991 and 1992.

Seles was the cornerstone of the Youth Brigade of teenage superstars that mesmerized women’s tennis in the 1990s. Like her contemporaries Jennifer Capriati and Martina Hingis, the powerful counter-punching Seles began playing tennis extremely young, in her case at 5, the age when most kids are in kindergarten. Her father, Karolj, developed his daughter’s prodigious talents at an alarming rate, teaching the left hander how to pound the ball with two hands off both sides. In 1985, at age 11, Seles won the prestigious Orange Bowl Tournament played in Miami, Florida. That victory prompted a Seles family move from native Yugoslavia to the United States the following year. For two years she received advanced training at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, super-charging her ascent on the women’s professional tour.

Seles became a full-fledged professional in 1989, at age 15, winning her first tournament, the Virginia Slims of Houston, over retiring Chris Evert, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. The match (played on clay) featured long, strategic rallies, but the younger Seles could pound balls all day and outlasted Evert. It was the dawn of a 2 ½ year reign in women’s tennis the sport has not often witnessed. In 1990, at 16 years, 6 months old, Seles became the then-youngest major champion in history, winning the French Open by staving off four set points in the first set tiebreaker to defeat Steffi Graf, 7-6, 6-4. Hingis surpassed that age record in 1997, being three months younger when she won the Australian Open, but Seles remains the youngest French Open champion in history.

Photo: MonicaSelesSite.com

From 1990 to 1993 Seles was the simultaneous holder of three straight Australian and French Open championships, a record she holds singularly. From 1991 to 1993, Seles won three consecutive Australian titles, one of only four players in history to achieve that feat. Seles (1990-92) and Justine Henin (2005-07) are the only three straight French Open Champions in history. In 1992, she reached the finals of all four major singles championships, one of only six players to achieve that distinction.

Seles was incomparable in her pursuit of major championships. She became the first player in history to win six straight major finals: 1990 French, 1991 Australian, French, US Open, 1992 Australian and French. When winning the French a third straight time in 1992, she became the first three-peat since Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling in 1937.

The tenacity Seles showed on court was palpable. Her grunts on every shot were a sign of extreme effort, being heard and felt. Her energy in hitting every ball with power, pace and directional skill had her opponents struggling to transfer from defensive into offense tennis. Those who tried to match velocity with Seles saw the dynamo raise her power a notch. Given her penchant for attacking, any balls returned short or softly were drilled for winners. In her nine major singles championships, Seles won in straight sets six times. Jana Novotna took her three sets at the 1991 Australian (5-7, 6-3, 6-1) and Graf pushed Seles hard twice – at the 1992 French (6-2, 3-6, 10-8), her closest major victory, and at the 1993 Australian (4-6, 6-3, 6-2).

In shorter major finales, Seles was a veritable buzz saw, disposing of Arantxa-Sanchez Vicario at the 1991 French (6-3, 6-4), Navratilova at the 1991 US Open (7-6, 6-1), Mary Joe Fernandez at the 1992 Australian (6-2, 6-3), Vicario at the 1992 US Open (6-3, 6-3), and Anke Huber at the 1996 Australian (6-4, 6-1). Until defeated by Hingis at the 1999 Australian, Seles had won 33 straight matches in Melbourne, the longest unblemished streak in tournament history. She was a finalist in four majors (1992 Wimbledon, 1995 and 1996 US Open, 1998 French).

“People think I must have been so talented at an early age, but I don’t know,” Seles said. “Was it talent or hard work? Who knows? To get to the top you have to want to play all day, every day.”

Heading into the 1993 season, Seles stood atop the women’s tennis mountain as the world’s No. 1 player and worldwide superstar, but in a few short months she took a dramatic fall, through no fault of her own. On April 30, she was playing a quarterfinal match against Magdalena Maleeva in Hamburg, Germany, leading 6-4, 6-3. An obsessed Steffi Graf fan, Gunter Parche, ran through the stands during a changeover break, leaned over the edge of the court and stabbed Seles between her shoulder blades with a boning knife. The horrific incident caused Seles to take a two-year hiatus from tennis. She never returned to her previous greatness, but that didn’t mean her return to the tour wasn’t newsworthy. Sports Illustrated featured her on its July 17, 1995 cover, reflecting on her two-year absence from a game she dominated. In her two-year recuperation period, Sales grew two inches, reaching nearly 6-feet, which she said “helped my serve.” Seles joked that she “ate a lot of spinach” and had a late growth spurt as she rested, providing her with fuel in her tank to reach the semifinals of the 1995 and 1996 US Open, winning the Australian title in 1996 and advancing to the 1998 French Open championship match.

In 1994, Seles had become a U.S. citizen, allowing her to join the American team in Federation Cup play. She led the U.S. to titles in 1996, 1999 and 2000. She played Hopman Cup for Yugoslavia in 1991 and for the U.S. in 2001 and 2002, winning the team competition in 1991. She competed in the Olympics in both 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney, winning a Bronze Medal in singles in 2000 over Aussie Jelena Dokic, 6-1, 6-4.

From 2005 until late 2007, Seles reduced her tour schedule, injuries and the grind of professional tennis taking its toll. She retired in February 2008, at age 34. It was a majestic run for Seles, compiling a 595-122 record (83 percent), winning 53 tournaments in singles and six in doubles. Seles won 86 percent of her matches in the majors (180-31), and captured the Tour Finals three straight years (1990, 1991, 1992), and won ten singles tournaments in both 1991 and 1992.

Against players ranked in the world Top 10 or higher, including Sabatini, Capriati, Sanchez-Vicario, Pierce, Mary Joe Fernandez, among others, Seles had a decided edge in her all-win record, leading TENNIS Magazine to rank her the 13th top male or female player in history.


9-time major champion and 4-time finalist

Career Titles

Career Record
Overall Record: 684-167
Singles Record: 595-122
Doubles Record: 89-45

WTA World Tour Championships
Winner at the 1990-1992 Tour Finals

Bronze medal in Women’s Singles at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games

Fed Cup
Member of the US Federation Cup Team 1996, 1998-2000, 2002
Member of the US Champion Federation Cup Team 1996, 1999-2000
Overall Record: 17-2
Singles Record: 15-2
Doubles Record: 2-0


9 Singles

Australian Open: W (1991), W (1992), W (1993), W (1996)
French Open: W (1990), W (1991), W (1992)
Wimbledon: F (1992)
US Open: W (1991), W (1992)

Australian Open: SF (1991), SF (2001)
French Open: 3R (1990)
Wimbledon: QF (1999)
US Open: QF (1999)

In the spring of 2003, Seles sustained a foot injury. She was forced to withdraw during the second set of a match against Nadia Petrova at the Italian Open. Then, a couple of weeks later and still injured, she lost in straight sets to the same player in the first round of the 2003 French Open. It was the only time she ever lost a first-round match at a Grand Slam. She never again played an official tour match.

In February 2005, Seles played two exhibition matches in New Zealand against Navratilova. Despite losing both matches, she played competitively and announced that she could return to the game early in 2006; however, she did not do so. She played three exhibition matches against Navratilova in 2007. On April 5, she defeated Navratilova in Houston, Texas, on clay, 7–6 (1), 2–6, 10–1 (tiebreak). On September 14, Seles defeated Navratilova on an indoor court in New Orleans, Louisiana, 6–2, 6–4. On September 16, she defeated Navratilova on clay in Bucharest, Romania, 3–6, 6–3, 10–7 (tiebreak).[18]

In December 2007, Seles said to the press that Lindsay Davenport's successful return to the tour had inspired her to consider her own limited comeback to play Grand Slam tournaments and the major warm-up events for those tournaments. However, on February 14, 2008, Seles announced her official retirement from professional tennis.

In January 2009, Seles was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Since 2009, Seles has been dating billionaire Tom Golisano, some 32 years her senior. The two announced their engagement on June 5, 2014.

On April 21, 2009, Seles released her memoir Getting A Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self which chronicles her bout with depression and food addiction after her stabbing, her father's cancer diagnosis and eventual death, her journey back to the game and a life beyond tennis.

Photo: MonicaSelesSite.com

In a 2014 interview Monica said, "My goal after I retired was to get more kids into the sport," she said. "I started with such humble beginnings. I started hitting against the wall of the apartment building where we lived, because as a kid, they would not let me play on a tennis court. Being a girl, sports were not encouraged. So my dad pulled a string between two cars in a parking lot; that is how I played for a year. I want to show kids that you don't need all the fancy-schmancy-ness that so often people get caught up in."

Seles is a prominent member of the charitable Laureus World Sports Academy; its 46 "living sporting legends" use sports to help bring positive social change.

"Each of us, we bring the skills and equipment and donate to the kids around the world. I look at how much my life was changed because of tennis — because of a little ball and a racquet. That is my big passion."


Tournament abbreviations

= wildcard (given by the tournament to a player that could not get in on their ranking, or did not enter in time.

PR = protected ranking. This is used when a player has been out for a certain period of time due to injury (I think it's at least 6 months) and their ranking slips down to where they wouldn't get in on their current ranking.

Q = Qualifier.

A = Alternate. Used in qualifying when a player withdraws before their first match. Also used in main draw if there was no qualifying draw and the draw was full before the player withdrew.

LL = Lucky loser. A player that loses in qualifying (usually the final round unless none of the final round losers sign the lucky loser list) and gets into main draw when a main draw player withdraws before their first match.

SE = Special exempt. A player who signed into qualifying of a tournament, but was still playing in the previous week's tournament at the time the qualifying draw was done. This player can get a special exempt into the main draw the following week.



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