Seles Withdraws From Toronto With Foot Injury
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Monica Seles' right foot injury has forced her to step out of the Rogers AT&T Cup, which begins on August 9th at the National Tennis Centre in Toronto. The four-time Canadian champion has been hobbled by a painful injury to the sesamoid bone in her right foot.
The 12th-seeded Seles limped out of the French Open in a 6-4, 6-0 loss to Nadia Petrova last month. It was the first time in her storied career that Seles suffered a first-round loss in a Grand Slam. She has not played a match since and her status for the U.S. Open, which starts on August 25th, is now in doubt.
The injury — which also forced Seles to pull out of Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston and the Fed Cup quarterfinals — severely slowed Seles' mobility in matches this season. In an interview in May, Seles said either extensive rest or surgery are the only options to alleviate the injury.
"It would take at least six to nine months to cure this. (Anna) Kournikova had it and she had to have surgery," Seles said. "It's one of those problems that's pretty serious. I just don't feel at this stage in my career I want to have surgery and be off nine months and come back to the world of tennis. If it can get better, I'll take a little bit more time off. If it's not, then I have to make a decision to stop."
Not looking good fore Monica to play US Open. Hope she feels better, but I think retirement is probably near. Major bummer