SELES PONDERS FUTURE
Say it ain't so - Monica.
I feel for the Seles fans because tears swelled up in my eyes. I hope she comes back next year.
I have a feeling that many folks will try to talk her out of it - to include the ex-Mayor Dinkins.
SELES PONDERS FUTURE
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Monica Seles may be about to call time on her illustrious playing career.
The 28-year-old former world number one has admitted that she is lacking motivation after 14 years on the tour.
"At the moment I really do appreciate tennis and tomorrow morning if I wake up feeling that I don't like it anymore then I will stop," she told French sports daily L'Equipe.
"I have no reason to continue. If you ask a 16-year-old girl why she wants to play she will answer that she wants to become world number one.
"My motivation is still there but I don't train six hours a day."
Seles, in Paris preparing for the French Open which begins on Monday, dominated the women's game in the early 1990s, winning eight Grand Slams between 1990 and 1993.
Her career was brought to a shuddering halt, however, in May 1993 when she was stabbed during a match in Hamburg by a crazed fan of rival Steffi Graf.
After a long rehabilitation period, Seles returned to the winners rostrum by claiming the Australian Open in 1996 but has reached just two Grand Slam finals since.
Clearly not the player she was before the stabbing incident, Seles is bitter at missing the opportunity to win more titles.
"No one had ever reached the level I had before I got stabbed," Seles added. "At the time I was losing only once a year.
"Only (Martina) Navratilova had reached that level and after what happened my level certainly plummeted.
"Something was taken away from me when I was stabbed, I had won so many Grand Slams."
Seles' demise is best illustrated by the fact that she had to qualify for this year's event at Roland Garros.
She made it into the main draw, though, with a 7-5 6-4 defeat of Marta Marrero and still harbours ambitions of winning the title two weeks on Saturday.
"I would still like to win a Grand Slam tournament. It would be fantastic."
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