In reference to Serena's lay-off and comeback.....
* Jennifer Capriati only played once on the Tour between her first round loss at the 1993 US Open and her fully-fledged return at 1996 Essen; she received a wildcard into 1994 Philadelphia and lost in three sets to world No.13 Anke Huber; at 1996 Essen, Capriati reached the quarterfinals before falling to world No.12 Novotna in three sets; the American didn't win her next Tour singles title until 1999 Strasbourg
* Monica Seles was off the Tour for 27-and-a-half months after her stabbing at 1993 Hamburg; in the past 10 years, Seles is the only big-name player to win her comeback event, sweeping through the field at the 1995 Canadian Open [Toronto] for the loss of just 14 games in five matches
* Steffi Graf returned at Hannover in February 1998 after undergoing left knee surgery in June 1997; she hadn't played since a quarterfinal loss to Amanda Coetzer at Roland Garros; her Hannover comeback was halted by Sabine Appelmans, 63 76(5) in the quarterfinals; Graf's next title was won at New Haven in August 1998
* Venus Williams endured a nearly six-month lay-off between the 1999 season-ending Championships (losing in the semifinals to Martina Hingis) and 2000 Hamburg, where she returned after overcoming tendonitis in both wrists; in her comeback event, she fell in the quarterfinals to Amanda Coetzer 63 64; just three events later, Venus won her first major at Wimbledon in July 2000
* Lindsay Davenport injured her right knee in the last two points of her semifinal win over Kim Clijsters at the 2001 season-ending Championships and was forced to withdraw from the final against Serena Williams; the American played her next Tour event at Stanford in July 2002, where she lost in the semifinals to Clijsters 46 64 62; Davenport didn't won a Tour singles title until Tokyo [Pan Pacific] in February 2003
Yay for Monica!