I mean what is uppppp w/these journalists? Why can't they leave Monica alone if she has not come out w/a direct and official statement saying she is retiring? Here is another one that seems to think Monica is getting ready to retire.
I feel she can compete for years - because to me, 28/29 is not old. If they feel she is not fit enough - then why don't they see - she could get fitter - if that is what she wishes to do.
Where do these folks get off? Are some of the NY Open officials letting some inside info. out? I just don't get it. And IMO - it is very disrespectful of them to keep speculating in the press about Monica's pending retirement or lack thereof.
Should Monica let everyone know ahead of time that she is leaving? I would love for her to do a farewell tour like Steffi did when she does hang it up. And I hope she sticks around for a few more years or forever.
As far as the Hingis/Seles match - I could say this or that - but to be honest - it is a toss-up IMO.
"COME ON VENUS' "LET'S GO!" "YOU RULE - ROCK & ROLL - GIRLIE-GIRL"
"COME ON ALL OTHER WTA PLAYERS - LET'S GO"
Btw - CNN is talking about the Serena stalker right now. What a luncher.
Posted on Mon, Sep. 02, 2002
Ball is in Seles' court
By Selena Roberts
New York Times
NEW YORK - There is Monica Seles, strolling through a supermarket, grunting as she pulls a plastic bag from the roller in the produce section, grunting as she reaches for bottled water in the drink aisle, grunting all the way to the checkout counter.
Then, as the clerk slides Seles' American Express card through the computer slit, the lady grunts, too. The commercial fades to black.
Tape it next time, preserve it as a keepsake, because Seles' lighthearted poke at herself might be a little going-away present for her fans. The two-syllable grunt that has become part of Seles lore might be available for a limited time only.
There are signals she is pondering an imminent retirement, perhaps as early as this U.S. Open. Although she cut the angles off the windswept court Saturday, using her racket as a sling blade to advance to the round of 16 with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Yoon Jeong Cho, the elastic in Seles' 28-year-old legs is getting more frayed as the seasons go by.
Two days after escaping a three-set scare against Barbara Schwartz, the sixth-seeded Seles was easing her way through Cho, a Korean qualifier, when her wispy opponent began a drop-shot strategy.
Seles' mobility issues nearly doomed her. After blowing two chances to serve out the match in the second set, Cho, 23, stretched Seles to a third by running off six consecutive games before experience finally won out and the veteran started using drop shots to her advantage.
The victory moved Seles -- who turned professional in 1989 -- into a match today with ninth-seeded Martina Hingis, a past Open champion coming off ankle surgery.
Every close call brings whispers of retirement. With the fall season ahead of her, Seles is entered in only one tournament, an event in Zurich, Switzerland, that she has pulled out of in the past. In the nine years since Seles was stabbed by Guenter Parche on a court in Hamburg, she has steered her schedule away from German-speaking countries.
A fan favorite
Her fans hope the signs are wrong. Seles owns public sentiment. To many, she is a woman who chose not to be a victim of her past but a survivor. Instead of bitterness, she has gained perspective. Instead of isolating herself, she mingles with her fans.
``For whatever reason in my life, there have been some events that made it very difficult, both on and off the court,'' said Seles, who was by her father's side until his death in 1998. ``That's the hand that you're dealt with. I'm very happy doing what I'm doing right now.''
A week from now, who knows? Everything is day to day with Seles. Most tennis officials believe she will end her career with no fanfare, no retirement lap around the tour.
Others wonder if Seles would give the fans she adores one last heads-up by making an announcement before her last event. It's not like her to draw attention to herself, though.
Substance over style
In the tour's media guide, some player photos look like glamour shots. On Seles' page, she is pictured in a baseball cap, her hair pulled back, no makeup.
Beneath her unassuming image is a gaudy list of accomplishments: nine major titles, three years as the season-ending No. 1 player, $13.5 million in prize money. But Seles doesn't look at those achievements alone as a reason to say, ``I've done enough, it's over.''
``Really that's not what it is,'' Seles said, sounding a little ambivalent about the topic. ``I don't know. I just really love the game. It's so simple for me. As a little girl, that's why I started. As long as I can compete professionally and I'm happy at that level, injury-free.
``But I also know I'll play tennis in my old age, too. It's just a sport that I love.''
She still craves the feel of the sweet spot on her strings. If she could conjure up enough of the old magic to make one last strong run at her 10th major, Seles might use the moment as her cue to exit.
``I'd like to play a couple times before I stop competing, playing a really good match,'' Seles said. ``That's one of my goals.''
Age catching up
How far can she go? She can still generate enough power to stick with the Williamses, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport, but she doesn't have the speed around the court. Seles has been venturing more to the net, the quickest way to control a point when a player is out-sized, but nothing will be easy.
But there is hope for the fans who packed the Grandstand court to urge her on to a comeback victory in the third round Thursday, and hope for those who called out, ``We love you, Monica,'' as she pushed through a tough match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday.
``I just know when I first came here to the Open as a spectator in '86, gosh, I was like in such awe of the big stadium, all the people,'' Seles said. ``It didn't even cross my mind that one day I would play and win one of my titles there. I think when I retire and come back again as a spectator, I'll have even a better perspective as I've gotten older and went through more things.''