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Can't believe noone else has said it yet: WELCOME BACK CORINA MORARIU

She played doubles at World Team Tennis on July 8 with Alexandra Stevenson and lost 2-5 to Tina Krizan and Katarina Srebotnik and again on July 9 with Alexandra Stevenson and lost 2-5 to Maria Sharapova and Samantha Reeves.

First step on the long road back, but how lovely to see her back.

Welcome back Corina

Here is a transcript of her World Team Tennis interview:


World TeamTennis - Corina Morariu conference call transcript


Morariu, a 1999 Wimbledon doubles champion and former #1 doubles player in the world, talked about her return to professional tennis, as she prepares to play for the Philadelphia Freedoms in the 2002 World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro League. Diagnosed with leukemia in the Spring of 2001, she returns to the pro courts on July 8 when she and her Philadelphia Freedoms teammates host Patrick McEnroe and the New York Hamptons.

On making her professional return in the World TeamTennis Pro League:

“TeamTennis will be such a great transition and comeback for me. I’ve always loved playing on a team and it will be so comforting to have that support from my teammates as I get back on the court. Tennis is such an individual game and World TeamTennis is so unique in that the atmosphere and matches are
great. The crowds, the format and excitement of the games are all so thrilling. It’s a perfect situation for me to come back out and play in front of the noisy crowds and play with all my teammates. I couldn’t really ask for anything more for my comeback to tennis.”

On the support she received from her fellow teammates during her illness:

“I had such incredible support through my entire sickness. I had wonderful people pulling for me…family, friends, players…When you go through such a life-threatening situation, it’s frightening and I was comforted by those who reached out to me. I had so many people come to visit me in the hospital and send me flowers and get well cards. Jennifer Capriati even dedicated her French Open title to me and held up a pink “GET WELL SOON CORINA” poster which meant a lot to me.”

On her fear of never playing tennis again:

“Throughout my battle with leukemia, my fear wasn’t really if I’d ever play tennis again…It was actually if I’d even be here. At that point, my priority wasn’t tennis…My priority was fighting and regaining my health.”

On her state of mind after overcoming her illness:

“I definitely feel like I’ve come out of this a stronger person which will help me in life and on the tennis court. This has been a journey and a learning process for me. I went through such a life challenge confronting this disease and it’s given me such a mental boost. Coming back to tennis, I’ve learned that things are not as important in the grand scheme of things and that there are other factors in my life that are important to me…Like being the Sports Ambassador for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “




Mirjana Lucic : Australian Open doubles champ and back in Top 100

Jelena Jankovic : US Open finalist 2008 and World No. 1

Jennifer Capriati : 3 Grand Slams, Olympic Gold and World No.1

[center]Rafael Nadal : 10 Grand Slams, Olympic Gold and World No.1 [/center]

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 2002, 09:32 AM
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WOW!

I didn't know she had already played her first match!!

GO CORINA!

Good Luck with the comeback - i think it's great that she's playing again! I hope she can reach her level of play before this incident!
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Wlecome Back Corina, this is fabulous news! Good luck, I hope you enjoy yourself and stay healthy!

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Uh Mark most of us don't even know she was back. Not much media coverage has been given about her return.

It is awesome she is back and I can only wish her the best of luck.
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so glad she's back the 1st step is always the hardest

things can only get better

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Welcome back, Corina!!


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Welcome back, Corina

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Great news. Welcome back...

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I kept hearing she was coming back, but didn't know she had actually played her first match.

Great to have you back Corina!

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Welcome back Corina!! A very long journey ahead but I hope she enjoys herself.
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Welcome back Corina. Does she and Lindsay have any plans to play doubles together?

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