Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2
William Wallace: I see a whole army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?
Scottish Soldiers: No! No! No!
Veteran Soldier: Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live.
William Wallace: Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live ... at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance --just one chance-- to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they'll never take our FREEDOM?
Braveheart, Paramount, 1995
THREAT DOESN'T FAZE GRAF AT CITIZEN CUP
The Wichita Eagle
Wednesday, April 27, 1994
HAMBURG, Germany - Steffi Graf, her play unaffected by recent death threats, returned to the court where Monica Seles was stabbed last year and routed Silke Frankl 6-0, 6-0 Tuesday in the Citizen Cup.
Graf looked thoroughly relaxed in rolling past her fellow German in 35 minutes.
A Hamburg newspaper received an anonymous letter last week threatening an attack on Graf if she played in Hamburg. Graf said Monday she wasn't worried and had no plans to drop out of the $400,000 clay-court tournament.
Graf, the world's top-ranked player, remained unbeaten in 1994, dropping only one set.
"She's a nice person," Frankl said. "Too bad she's so ruthless on the court."
Spain's Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the defending champion, overcame a knee injury to struggle past qualifier Elena Wagner of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in 2 hours, 40 minutes. She may have to withdraw from the tournament.
No. 4 seed Anke Huber of Germany also advanced by downing Russia's Eugenia Maniokova 6-1, 6-2, while No. 5 Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria routed Italy's Laura Golarsa, 6-0, 6-1.
Germany's Petra Begerow pulled the tournament's first upset, dropping No. 7 Natalia Medvedeva of Ukraine, 7-5, 7-5.
Sanchez Vicario had trouble with the exaggerated top spin of Wagner, but led 4-1 in the third set before the Bulgarian rallied to break her serve twice.
Afterward, the world's second-ranked player was treated for a strained knee muscle sustained in practice Monday. Her next match is scheduled for today against Argentina's Bettina Fulco-Villella.
"If I feel as bad Wednesday as I did after this match, I'll think about withdrawing," Sanchez Vicario said.
Seles was stabbed in the back by an obsessed Graf fan last April 30, and has not played since. Graf has meanwhile dominated the women's game and has retaken the No. 1 ranking from Seles.
Players have been given bodyguards and undercover agents have been deployed at the Rothenbaum club to prevent a similiar attack.
Seles was stabbed during a changeover when a man leaned from the stands and plunged a kitchen knife into her back. The assailant, Guenther Parche, received a two-year suspended sentence in October and was released from custody.
BMW Open: Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev failed to cash in on three match points and he was upset in the opening round by South African Marcos Ondruska 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8) in the BMW Open at Munich.
Altogether, the two players shared five match points during the tiebreak before the match was settled when a Medvedev forehand sailed long.
After the match, the world's eighth-ranked player complained about having to compete at noon Tuesday. He beat Spain's Sergi Bruguera on Sunday to capture the Monte Carlo title.
"It wasn't fair of the tournament to schedule me as the first match," Medvedev said.
Medvedev said he didn't arrive in Munich until Monday evening and wasn't able to practice on the courts before Tuesday's match for more than five minutes because of rain.
Top-seeded Michael Stich of Germany also struggled to reach the second round, needing two hours and four minutes to outlast Russian Andrei Cherkasov, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
Fourth-seeded Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden ousted Germany's Jens Knippschild 7-5, 6-1, sixth-seeded Swiss Marc Rosset edged Karel Novacek of Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4, and Germany's Karsten Braasch upset Spain's Emilio Sanchez, 6-2, 6-3.
Madrid Open: Jaime Yzaga of Peru defeated No. 7-seeded Alexander Volkov of Russia 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round of the Madrid Open.
Other seeded players got through the round.
No. 1 seed Stefan Edberg defeated Xavier Daufresne of Belgium, 6-2, 7-5; No. 4 Thomas Muster of Austria defeated Frederic Fontang of France, 6-0, 6-3; No. 6 seed Ivan Lendl advanced against Juan Luis Rascon of Spain 6-3, 6-1, and No. 3 Sergi Bruguera of Spain swamped German Lopez of Spain, 6-0, 6-1.
In other first-round matches Javier Sanchez of Spain defeated Richard Fromberg of Australia 6-4, 6-4; France's Guillaume Raoux defeated Jordi Burillo of Spain 6-3, 6-4; Gabriel Markus of Argentina advanced over Ronald Agenor of Haiti 2-6, 6-3, 6-1; Andrea Gaudenzi of Italy defeated Francisco Roig of Spain, 6-2, 6-3.
AT&T Challenge: Michael Chang, Andre Agassi and MaliVai Washington all won easily Tuesday in first-round play at the AT&T Challenge in suburban Atlanta.
The top-seeded Chang, playing in his first clay court event this year, beat qualifier Robbie Weiss 6-4, 6-1, while No. 3 Agassi, a four-time champion at the event, defeated Francisco Clavet 6-3, 6-3. Washington, the fifth seed, beat Alex O'Brien 6-1, 6-4.
Elsewhere: Monica Seles, who remains sidelined indefinitely nearly a year after she was stabbed in the back during a tournament in Hamburg, said in a magazine interview that she plans to return to competition.
"Of course I will play tennis again," Sports Life magazine quoted Seles as saying in its issue released today. "I don't want to be remembered just as someone who grunted and giggled. I'd hate to be remembered only for that.
"I also don't want to 'the one with knife in the back.' There's still a lot I can accomplish."
Seles, 20, held the No. 1 ranking when she stabbed during a changeover last April 30 when an obsessed fan of Steffi Graf leaned from the stands and plunged a kitchen knife into her back. The assailant, Guenther Parche, received a two-year suspended sentence in October.
Stephanie Tolleson of International Management Group issued a statement this week "in response to inaccurate reports internationally over the weekend" that Seles would not return.
"Monica has made no decision as to when she will return to competitive play," Tolleson said.