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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old May 14th, 2003, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Angry "If it's not (going to get better), then I have to make a decision to stop." - Seles

ROME (AP) -- Monica Seles pulled out of her second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday because of a lingering foot injury.

Seles was using this $1.3 million tournament as a key clay-court tuneup for the French Open, which starts May 26.

``I can wake up three days from now and it can be nothing,'' Seles said. ``It very much comes and goes. I will try to do everything possible at least to try to play the French.''

Seles, seeded 10th, had lost the first set to Russia's Nadia Petrova 6-3 and was down 4-1 in the second when she signaled during the changeover she was stopping.

Seles missed several tournaments earlier this year because of her left foot. She described her injury as the preliminary stages of a stress fracture and is not planning on surgery.

``If it can get better, I'll take a little bit more time off,'' she said. ``If it's not, then I have to make a decision to stop.''

On Tuesday, Seles rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory against 46th-ranked Myriam Casanova and then pulled out of doubles.

Facing Petrova, Seles lost her serve in the first game of the match and then again early in the second set. She did not attempt to run down several of Petrova's shots.


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not "stop" for good as in retire!

Stop playing, as in miss the French, they have put the words apart, seperating them, when in fact she probably said that all in 1 sentence. She plans on playing the french, but if the pain keeps coming, she may have to stop (as in with the French)

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but sensible by Monica.

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I hope you are right, but I think it can be read both ways.

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Do what you gotta do Monica......... We love you regardless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I hope you are right, but I think it can be read both ways.
its being read both ways, b/c they adjusted the article to be read both ways. You have to understand, that they are getting these quotes from Transcripts. Its not like Monica is 1 talking about the French, and now all of a sudden (after she has said to stop the talks of retirement) she is going to mention retirement. If that was the case, i think the title of that article would've more so been, Bad foot may force Seles out for good, bad foot forces seles to reitre from match, and maybe career.

But its not said like that. They have just set the article up like this to make us wonder.

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I just hope she can keep it going, just a little but more, but who knows.

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well at least she has her head on straight and is gonna take a step back and make her foot heal properly instead of playing on a bummed foot. good for you Monica, and i'm hoping for a speedy and 100% recovery for you

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Well, good. I'm glad she isn't in denial. I really wish her well and hope she's able to play pain-free very soon.

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why doesn't she just have the surgery?

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why doesn't she just have the surgery?
She has said that she doesnt want to have to take that much time off (6 -7 months) to recover, and then try and make another comeback. But I agree - have the surgery - get completely healed, and then come back and fight your way back to the top 10 again.
But it's her choice - it just seems like she is hoping that the foot will get better without the surgery and she can still play this year - and not have to take more time off the tour.
But I really feel that if she wants a real go at winning another Grand Slam - its gonna have to be when she is totally health and fit. And playing on a foot that is hurting her - is not going to just heal up and be better all of a sudden. She cant put all of her eggs in one basket and say ~my foot better get better because I am not taking time off for surgery, but I still hope that I can win a Grand Slam even though my foot is causing me running problems~
I just hope that she wins BIG, 1 more time atleast - for her - she deserves it so much to end her career on a happy note. I wish that she would just have the surgery and come back determined for a HUGE run at next years Grand Slams.
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why doesn't she just have the surgery?
Because the surgery would knock her out of the game for at least 9 months or maybe even a year. Thanks for clearing this subject up SerenaSlam because when I first read this post I thought she meant stop playing for good but now that you mention it you could tell that she was just talking about the French Open. Please Monica get better because this would be a disaster for you to leave the game on such a sad note. I believe if she takes the proper precautions, even if it means she misses a few grand slams, she will be able to play longer. I am at the point now where as a fan I just want to see her play regardless of her ranking.

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poor Monica. I hope she gets better. I really wanted her to win one more Slam
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I wish Monica would do whatever to completely heal. Then she could make a decision when she is healed about coming back or not. It could really fuel her desire to have that one last great year on tour and she could do it and not worry about her foot.

If Monica could only get through one match here, I have no idea how in the world she expects to do well in the French, I would think she has no hopes of getting past the 3rd round with that injury.
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Please get better Monica!!! I don't want another veteran leaving..

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