Re: Monica Seles before 1993
I think there was much resentment against Monica from the US and Graf fans when she began beating Graff in slam finals, Navratilova and Evert. Yugoslavia was about to fall apart when she first started winning slams and there was a movement, I think led by Navratilova to get the Wimbldon officials to crack down on her grunting, which they did. Also, I read that she was getting death threats from other pars to Yugoslavia during that Wimbledon. I do think this combination of events helped in causing such a bad final for her. When she was stabbed, she was the number one player and dominant slam winner the pas 2-3 years, so there was little love among the players for her, mostly out of jealousy. After the stabbing there was talk of protecting her ranking which was rejected by all but Sabatini. When she finally came back there was a sympathy wave for her, but she was somewhat out of shape and became injury prone. Graf was very lucky lady, because without a great in prime player to compete against, she won so many slams against lesser players. Think how many slams Evert would have if Navratilova had the same fate as Seles, or vise versa.