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Seles: Players Still Vulnerable to Attack
Thu March 20, 2003 05:31 PM ET

By Richard Luscombe

MIAMI (Reuters) - Ten years after being stabbed by a deranged Steffi Graf fan in Hamburg, Monica Seles says she still feels not enough is being done to protect women players at tournaments.

"You're totally accessible. There's no other sport in which you're accessible as in tennis," the Yugoslav-born American said at the Nasdaq-100 Open on Thursday.

Playing against Bulgaria's Magdalena Maleeva in the quarter-finals in Hamburg in 1993, Seles was stabbed in the back during a changeover by Guenter Parche, who wanted to see Graf reclaim the top spot in the rankings.

Asked if she was satisfied with the security on and off the court since the incident, she said: "It's insufficient in a lot of ways, our accessibility to people to get us on site, in matches, after matches. It's not just me, it's any of the high-profile players."

Seles, who spent almost two years away from tennis to recover from the attack, also dropped further hints that she is beginning to think about retirement.


LEADING PLAYERS

She will turn 30 in December and despite being one of the world's leading players -- she reached at least the quarter-finals of all four grand slams last year -- she admits that her fitness is not at its peak.

"My first expectation this week is just to be able play and be pain-free, because I've been struggling in the past two weeks with my foot," said Seles, who is in the same quarter of the draw as defending champion and top seed Serena Williams.

"I have a difficult draw so I really look forward to the first round, and just make sure I can stay healthy.

As for retirement, Seles said: "I might announce it, I might have a farewell tour and I might not. I really have no idea. I don't really dwell on the past.

"I wish I didn't get stabbed and I competed at the highest level for those few years, but besides that I was very happy.

"It's hard to say okay, this is the tournament you're going to end it on' because really, as an athlete, you never know.

"If I know that in six months I'm going to stop and I'm comfortable announcing that, then great.

"If I'm not sure, then why make a point of that and say, 'one more year, one more year'?"

Seles received a first-round bye here as 10th seed, and is scheduled to begin her campaign against French qualifier Marion Bartoli on Friday or Saturday.

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This sounds remarkably similar to the "hints" she has been giving since she was 17.

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it sounds as if Monica is pissed off with something? probably her injury.. hope she plays well...
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Yes, she absolutely is most convincing about retirement. We will miss her, oh well.... move on...next. Some journalists are just continually forcing her off the court w/their constant retirement nagging.
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This sounds remarkably similar to the "hints" she has been giving since she was 17.
I agree, I didn't see any real hints in there. She just seemed to want to say something to get them off her back.
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Why is there a smiley face next to the title of the thread, you're happy to see Monica retiring?
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She's probably pissed that she keeps getting tough ass draws!! Her foot in bugging her too I imagine.

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She allways says that she can play for one more day or many years. She will retire when she doesn't love to compete and is unable to do it at a top level.
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People should really stop posting these threads about Monica retiring when there was no new info that said she was. I get mad when people always bring it up, image how Monica feels.
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Why is there a smiley face next to the title of the thread, you're happy to see Monica retiring?
I wondered the same thing when I saw the thread. Wishful thinking perhaps?

This is a non-story in terms of retirement. The title of the article is what it's about.
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GoGogirl puts that smiley on EVERY article...it has nothing to do with the subject matter.

I agree with Dawn Marie, Monica sounds pissed I would be too with these moronic reporters and her draw.


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is there a match in which the screaming banshee doesn't HINT at retirement??

this is getting so flipping old...

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This sounds remarkably similar to the "hints" she has been giving since she was 17.
lol touche!

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is there a match in which the screaming banshee doesn't HINT at retirement??

this is getting so flipping old...
Maybe so, but that screaming banshee is my favourite tennis player, and deserves some respect. show some respect.

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Actually I haven't known her to even really want to discuss retiring....she always says she will continue to play while she enjoys it. It is the MEDIA that is always hinting at retirement.
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