Originally Posted by Willow
Yes, but he was nuts.
It wasn't just that Monica had knocked Steffi off the #1 pedestal. After all, Parche had been planning to hurt her for some time, and Monica was #1 for about 2 years, which means his plans to hurt her must have taken shape before
she actually became #1, although I'm sure becoming #1 was a huge incentive to his already-formulated desires, as he himself told the police.
I think it was really the fact that Monica beat Steffi at specific matches
. Most notably, Parche grew horrifically upset when Monica beat Steffi at the German Open in 1990 - it was a newly unified Germany, the new president was there and it was on home soil. That just about killed him (he felt suicidal), and I think that's where his hatred really took shape.
Then seeing Monica beat Steffi three more times at slams
just did him in. (If Monica had beaten Steffi at lesser events but Steffi had beaten Monica at the slams, would he still have struck? I'm not sure.)
Also, remember, Monica generated a lot of press for these reasons:
1. Steffi had been considered invincible.
2. She was so damn young.
3. She grunted.
4. She had a quirky, charismatic flair that caused people either to love her or to hate her.
In short, Monica may not have dominated Steffi, but she dominated the tennis news. She was a gift to journalism on a silver platter. And when the media blitzes you with news about something you dislike (the way, say, that people who don't like Star Wars
have to put up with months of hype when a new one comes out), it can build up resentment. It may have been all the talk about how wonderful Monica is that got to Parche just as much as seeing Steffi get beaten at important tournaments.
One other thing: during the 1995 US Open Final, Mary Carillo stated the Parche was anti-Serbian. Although Monica isn't Serbian (unless Hungarians can be Serbs? Sorry, I have no idea about this), his belief that she was helped fuel his hatred. I've never actually read that anywhere, but I have no reason to doubt Carillo. Make of that what you will.