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AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:05 PM
Tear up the draw like nobody's bidness MONICA!!!!

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:15 PM
2000:
2000:
R64 Bye
R32 Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) W 7-5 6-1
R16 Anne-Gaelle Sidot (FRA) W 3-6 6-1 6-1
QF Jelena Dokic (YUG) W 6-1 3-6 6-3
SF Corina Morariu (USA) W 6-3 6-1
F Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) W 6-2 7-6(4)

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:15 PM
1998:
R64 Bye
R32 Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) W 6-2 6-1
R16 Sandrine Testud (FRA) L 2-6 6-4 5-7

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:16 PM
1997:
R64 Bye
R32 Barbara Schett (AUT) W 7-5 6-0
R16 Mary Pierce (FRA) L 6-7(6) 6-7(6)

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:16 PM
1992:
R64 Bye
R32 Natalia Baudone-Furlan (ITA) W 6-0 6-4
R16 Carrie Cunningham (USA) W 6-0 6-1
QF Leila Meskhi (GEO) W 6-1 6-4
SF Amanda Coetzer (RSA) W 6-0 6-4
F Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) L 5-7 4-6

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:16 PM
1991:
R64 Bye
R32 Nicole Bradtke (AUS) W 6-3 6-1
R16 Katia Piccolini (ITA) W 6-3 6-1
QF Leila Meskhi (GEO) W 6-0 6-1
SF Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) W 7-5 2-6 6-4
F Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) L 3-6 2-6

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:17 PM
1990:
R64 Bye
R32 Radka Zrubakova (SVK) W 6-4 6-1
R16 Mercedes Paz (ARG) W 6-1 6-1
QF Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere (SUI) W 6-0 6-2
SF Helen Kelesi (CAN) W 6-1 6-2
F Martina Navratilova (USA) W 6-1 6-1

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:19 PM
2 Time Champ (1990/2000)
20-4 all time Rome record

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:30 PM
http://crosscourt.com.au/Seles13.jpg

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:30 PM
http://crosscourt.com.au/Seles14.jpg

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:30 PM
http://crosscourt.com.au/Seles15.jpg

vancouverite
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:31 PM
C'mon, Monica! Have a blast (and, perhaps, win the thing?)! :cool:

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:31 PM
http://crosscourt.com.au/Seles16.jpg

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 02:32 PM
2000 Interview:
The Italian Open was one of the first really big tournaments that Monica Seles won in her career, in 1990 at the age of 16. Her victory in Rome again, this time defeating Amelie Mauresmo, was her first in the Eternal City for a decade and she was over the moon. This is the transcript after her victory in the final.

Q. You said the other day that it is not the experience, but the best player is going to win that day. But today maybe you had so much experience and you started very, very well because you had to start well?
SELES: Well, I still don't believe - I mean, I still stick by my philosophy that you start out much more aggressive. I think in the first set I definitely played better than in the second set, but also Amelie raised her level of game in the second set. But it takes two people, it takes my game to go down and for her to raise her game and vice versa.

Q. What are your feelings after winning this tournament after ten years?
SELES: You know, if someone asked me ten years ago at that time if I still would be playing tennis, I would say no. And I was just joking with the other players in the locker room about that. It's a great feeling. I'm really proud of that. Obviously, it's fantastic, and, you know, both times. I played some unbelievable tennis all week, and, you know, I never expected it to be ten years from now to win it again. It's really great. I'm very happy.

Q. Seeing you play like this, it seems like you are a candidate for winning Roland Garros?
SELES: I think it is just a tough week ahead of me. I'm just going to keep practicing really hard and just look at my first match. I mean, I'd love to play well at the French Open. Obviously, this gives me a lot of matches, a lot of confidence. But it's a totally different tournament, and I still believe I have a long way to go with a few things in my game and my physical training if I want to be consistent and play even better. That's really my challenge, kind of, that I look forward to more than let's say next week's tournament or Wimbledon or so on and so on.

Q. Monica, this week you talked about taking it one match at a time. At any point during the week did you start thinking about the possibility of winning it?
SELES: No. I really was not a player ever to do that, so even since the day that I've come back, I've never done it. I think it's not in my nature to do so.

Q. What was going on in your mind when you were serving for match?
SELES: I just really wanted to close the match up, and I felt I had some chances at 5-3 on her serve, then I lost. I had a terrible service game at 5-4, I really got very tight. And then I broke her again, and I think that other game she played a lot better. I think my mind was a little bit going, 'oh, my gosh, I could really win it here', especially at 5-4, and I got very tight. In the tiebreaker I tried to stay really focused and not get frustrated or think far ahead and just worry about every point.

Q. First time against Mauresmo. What do you think of her performance? Does she remind you of some other players of the past, which sort of player?
SELES: Well, I always was very impressed with Amelie's game, even really before she had the breakthrough in Australia. So I think she has a really heavy shot in her game, and she's very strong physically. I think a little bit she reminded me - a touch bit - she reminded me today, with the heavy spin, of Sabatini, a touch bit. But with a lot more power than Gabby used to do in her serve and movement. But in terms of her ground strokes, it was really the only player in my career that I have played that reminded me of her.

Q. You said yesterday that since you had never met Amelie that you'd speak to your coach about how to approach the match. Do you think that the advice he gave you really was helpful to win it, or what was the tactic?
SELES: He did not give me any advice. He gave me a little sheet of paper, but it was totally different than what Amelie's game was, which was maybe good. I mean it was a good idea. It worked out well at the end, but that was kind of his advice.

Q. So what kind of tactics did he tell you?
SELES: Really he did not tell me any tactics. I'm not lying here at all. He told me something that I had to do my own self, what I had to do, but nothing about Amelie's game, which surprised me, too, this morning. I don't think anyone was watching our practice, we were talking quite a long time.

Q. From outside, you look a little bit sad?
SELES: Me, no?

Q. Yes, yes. Can you give to us five things that make you really happy.
SELES: I'm not sad. (Laughing.)

Q. Just three.
SELES: I don't try to make my happiness on a tennis match. Tennis, every day you have to play; you win some, you lose some. If your emotions depend upon it, you're going to be a nervous wreck. Five things that make me happy, I just think obviously having my family healthy is really one of them high up there; myself healthy and my friends. I've been very lucky with my friends. I don't know.

Q. Two.
SELES: Two, I don't know. My dog. (Laughing.)

Q. What about love?
SELES: I never talked about my private life, I'm not going to start today. But I'm just really - I'm very lucky. I always remind myself of that when I go through times that I'm doing something that I love to do. My life has gone through ups and downs, but I think that happens to everybody. And as long - my theory is you get up and try again in every way, in every aspect of my life - in my tennis career, in my personal life, and just keep going on.

Q. What do you think about Navratilova returning to play doubles?
SELES: I'm really excited. She's playing with one of my good friends, Mariaan de Swardt. I'm happy to hear about it. I haven't had a chance to talk to her about it yet. I left a message for her. I can't wait to see her in Paris and get to play with her. I'm just really happy. I think they will do really well, too. So it should be a really fun team, I'm very happy to see that.

Q. Which way will you celebrate tonight?
SELES: I'm just probably going to go to a friend's house, nothing really exciting. It's Sunday night. (Laughing.) There's nowhere to go out. That was one minus of me playing this well this year, I didn't get a chance to go out at all. But that's okay. I wish finals were on Saturdays. (Laughing.)

Bероника
Apr 28th, 2003, 03:27 PM
Wonderful memories.Thanks for sharing,Seles!!! :kiss:


GO MONICA!!!!!!!

AjdeNate!
Apr 28th, 2003, 09:07 PM
Kick it!

CJ07
Apr 28th, 2003, 10:00 PM
Monica your great!
Good Luck!

rfs1999
Apr 29th, 2003, 04:25 AM
Go Monica!

Mase
Apr 29th, 2003, 04:51 AM
Go ahead Monica, tear the clay up!!!!

VivalaSeles
Apr 29th, 2003, 12:44 PM
Good luck, Monica :D

[Great thread, Seles :) ]

faboozadoo15
Apr 30th, 2003, 01:04 AM
u know u got it moni!

HotSpot
Apr 30th, 2003, 05:42 AM
show them you are the Queen !!!

yollenda
Apr 30th, 2003, 10:29 AM
GO MONICA :worship: :devil:

oggie
Apr 30th, 2003, 06:48 PM
Go Monica, the queen of clay!
What am I saying, the queen of tennis!!!!!!!!!!!

Jarrett
Apr 30th, 2003, 08:35 PM
Go Monica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AjdeNate!
May 1st, 2003, 02:20 PM
Kick some ass!!

Lucyy
May 1st, 2003, 07:56 PM
I'll go to Rome, :drool: :D

So Monica please come here !!! :angel:


Visit My all Italian Site

il sito italiano di Monica (http://spazioinwind.libero.it/monica_seles_by_lucy)

Lucy

oggie
May 1st, 2003, 11:03 PM
Go Monica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

R&J
May 3rd, 2003, 08:27 PM
Wonderful memories.Thanks for sharing,Seles!!! :kiss:


GO MONICA!!!!!!!
I will agree with that!!!!!!!

:bounce:GO MONICA!!!!!!:bounce:

VivalaSeles
May 4th, 2003, 02:32 PM
MONICA FOREVER :kiss:

rfs1999
May 4th, 2003, 03:11 PM
Go Monica

Jakub
May 4th, 2003, 08:13 PM
:bounce: go MONICA !! :)

oggie
May 4th, 2003, 08:18 PM
Win Monica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Make me happy again!

galadriel
May 8th, 2003, 07:41 AM
GOOD LUCK MONICA :D

Jarrett
May 8th, 2003, 07:42 AM
I can't wait for this tournament!!! MOnica is going to win!

maya
May 9th, 2003, 06:43 AM
Waiting impatiently for Monika to start playing again :)!

4Seles
May 9th, 2003, 07:15 AM
:eek: Let's see that fierce focus in your eyes and precision in your groundstrokes, Miss Seles. It will be great to see her playing again. ;)

oggie
May 9th, 2003, 02:27 PM
Go Monica!!!!
Just go for it!

AjdeNate!
May 10th, 2003, 05:05 PM
Round one v. Myriam Casanova (SUI).

Good luck Monica!!

Mathmatically, she could get to #9 in the rankings....with a title and beating Capriati, Mauresmo, & Serena.

Jarrett
May 10th, 2003, 06:14 PM
1st Round:
CASANOVA, MYRIAM 10

2nd Round:
PETROVA, NADIA 4
GARBIN, TATHIANA 4

3rd Round:
CAPRIATI, JENNIFER 43
STEVENSON, ALEXANDRA 15

Quarterfinal:
MAURESMO, AMELIE 43
PISTOLESI, ANNA 23

Semifinal:
WILLIAMS, SERENA 100 Whoa!
HANTUCHOVA, DANIELA 43

Final:
CLIJSTERS, KIM 66 or 77 depends on Berlin's Result
HENIN-HARDENNE, JUSTINE 55

Monica's max points: 552

Go Monica! You can do it!

AjdeNate!
May 10th, 2003, 06:18 PM
Kim is #2 now officially so it's 77, Jarret. :wavey:

Jarrett
May 10th, 2003, 06:21 PM
Kim is #2 now officially so it's 77, Jarret. :wavey:

quality points :drool:

Jarrett
May 10th, 2003, 06:24 PM
BTW, I think the winner only gets 275 not 300 because the prize month is 1,300,000. It is 25,000 short of the next level. But if is it a 1,325,000 event add another 25 to Monica's total.


577 :drool:

galadriel
May 10th, 2003, 07:12 PM
Go Monica Go :D

Seles_Beckham
May 10th, 2003, 07:24 PM
Go Monika

Good Luck

MonikaVeronikaElectronika
May 11th, 2003, 06:14 AM
Come Support Monica at - http://monicaseles.topcities.com

Jakub
May 11th, 2003, 08:51 AM
go MONICA :D

HotSpot
May 11th, 2003, 01:48 PM
i will always love U monica...

oggie
May 11th, 2003, 04:54 PM
Best of luck Monica!

CJ07
May 11th, 2003, 05:38 PM
Go Monica
Bonus Points Haven!

AjdeNate!
May 11th, 2003, 10:14 PM
Singles and Doubles Champion 2003 Telecom Italia Masters... Miss Monica Seles

Miranda
May 12th, 2003, 05:48 AM
Lets win, Monica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mase
May 12th, 2003, 01:25 PM
Good luck Monica!!!

mauresmofan
May 12th, 2003, 01:35 PM
What a rotten draw for Monica - Good Luck!

AjdeNate!
May 12th, 2003, 01:42 PM
She can do it. She's 2-0 against JenCap, and has beaten Momo on clay before. Fingers crossed!! :)

Bероника
May 12th, 2003, 03:32 PM
Go Monica!!!!!!!

rikvanlooy
May 12th, 2003, 04:09 PM
Well, I have to say that you are a bunch of optimists.

Personally I won't put any money on her.

Her draw is incredible. The only one missing is Justine Henin.

rikvanlooy
May 12th, 2003, 04:09 PM
Well, I have to say that you are a bunch of optimists.

Personally I won't put any money on her.

Her draw is incredible. The only one missing is Justine Henin.

Sorry, and Venus, off course.

rikvanlooy
May 12th, 2003, 04:16 PM
1991:
R64 Bye
R32 Nicole Bradtke (AUS) W 6-3 6-1
R16 Katia Piccolini (ITA) W 6-3 6-1
QF Leila Meskhi (GEO) W 6-0 6-1
SF Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) W 7-5 2-6 6-4
F Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) L 3-6 2-6

There is an enormous difference between 2003 and 1991. There are now a lot of better players around. It is much more difficult to win tournaments.

That said. Serena doesn't have many problems.

Diya
May 12th, 2003, 04:17 PM
Great Thread !!

Best of Luck Monica !

maya
May 12th, 2003, 05:11 PM
Tough draw, but Monica can do it!

AjdeNate!
May 12th, 2003, 05:25 PM
Allez!!!!!!

CJ07
May 12th, 2003, 10:15 PM
Lets Go Monica!

fried_beans
May 13th, 2003, 01:00 AM
How far will she move if she makes the quarters? 11 at least?

CJ07
May 13th, 2003, 02:24 AM
she needs to go far

lets make it happen monica

but lets beat Casanova first!

earthcrystal
May 13th, 2003, 08:50 AM
So happy she's back.
Here's hoping she's totally healthy and ready to have fun! :)

All the best as always my girl.

Chance
May 13th, 2003, 08:55 AM
Good Luck Monica :d

Katie
May 13th, 2003, 09:25 AM
Go Monica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you Can Do It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!beat Myriam Today!!!!!:)

Bероника
May 13th, 2003, 12:03 PM
Best of luck for your match today,Moni!!!!!!


VAMOS VAMOS VAMOS!!!!!!

Jakub
May 13th, 2003, 12:05 PM
Go Monica :D

CJ07
May 13th, 2003, 12:33 PM
win your match today monica!

Mase
May 13th, 2003, 01:40 PM
Good luck today Monica!!!!!

Mase
May 13th, 2003, 02:18 PM
The match is getting ready to start... GOOD LUCK MONICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bероника
May 13th, 2003, 06:19 PM
Monica beat Casanova 4-6,6-2,6-3

Congrats Moni!!!

Bероника
May 13th, 2003, 06:20 PM
http://www.federtennis.it/news/_upload/_upload/pop_seles7D0A8066%20copia.jpg


:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Bероника
May 13th, 2003, 06:23 PM
http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/SelesTVct051303_tn.jpg


Monica Seles in an on-court TV interview after playing her first match since

maya
May 13th, 2003, 06:25 PM
:bounce: Monika is back :D :bounce:

Bероника
May 13th, 2003, 06:26 PM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20030513/all/l817819.jpg

U.S.A's Monica Seles returns the ball to to Myriam Casanova, of Switzerland, during the Women's Italian Open tennis tournament at Rome's Foro Italico Complex, Tuesday, May 13, 2003. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)


http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20030513/all/l817816.jpg

Fans of U.S.A's Monica Seles display banners during a match between Seles and Myriam Casanova, of Switzerland, at the Women's Italian Open tennis tournament at Rome's Foro Italico Complex, Tuesday, May 13, 2003. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)


http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap_photo/20030513/all/l817799.jpg

Monica Seles, of the United States, returns the ball to Myriam Casanova, of Switzerland, during the Women's Italian Open tennis tournament at Rome's Foro Italico Complex, Tuesday, May 13, 2003. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)

Bероника
May 13th, 2003, 06:29 PM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/ap/20030513/16/3899466548.jpg

Monica Seles holds a bunch of flowers, an unidentified fan presented to her, as she leaves the court at the end of her match against Myriam Casanova of Switzerland in the Women's Italian Open tennis tournament at Rome's Foro Italico Complex, Tuesday, May 13, 2003. Monica Seles won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. (

Bероника
May 13th, 2003, 06:34 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030513/capt.1052845928italy_italian_open_xpl114.jpg

Monica Seles holds a bunch of flowers as she leaves the court at the end of her match against Myriam Casanova of Switzerland at the Women's Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome's Foro Italico Complex, Tuesday, May 13, 2003. Monica Seles won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Bероника
May 13th, 2003, 06:36 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030513/capt.1052844685italy_italian_open_xpl122.jpg

Monica Seles, of the United States, returns the ball to to Myriam Casanova, of Switzerland, during the Women's Italian Open tennis tournament at Rome's Foro Italico Complex, Tuesday, May 13, 2003. Monica Seles won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

galadriel
May 13th, 2003, 07:29 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030513/capt.1052844685italy_italian_open_xpl122.jpg

Monica Seles, of the United States, returns the ball to to Myriam Casanova, of Switzerland, during the Women's Italian Open tennis tournament at Rome's Foro Italico Complex, Tuesday, May 13, 2003. Monica Seles won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.


Well done Monica :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Vero :wavey:

AjdeNate!
May 13th, 2003, 07:32 PM
No doubles this week... Seles/Grande withdrew.

Focus on singles Monica, and win that title!!!

Jarrett
May 13th, 2003, 09:20 PM
Does anyone know why she withdrew from Doubles?

CJ07
May 13th, 2003, 09:57 PM
who cares, she won today!

Go Monica!

Jippo McScally
May 13th, 2003, 09:59 PM
Yay Monica! :D

oggie
May 13th, 2003, 09:59 PM
Good win Monica. Good luck in your next match.

Jarrett
May 13th, 2003, 10:14 PM
who cares, she won today!

Go Monica!
I care. :fiery: This may be a sign that she is still not as healthy as she thought she was. I am just worried about her foot. I could care less that if she played doubles this week.

faboozadoo15
May 13th, 2003, 10:21 PM
maybe it's just because she played a 3 setter and wants to conserve energy, or maybe it was grande who did not want to play. im hoping it's rita who did not want to play because i hope monica is not too tired after a comfortable 3 sets win over casanova. 2 and 3 in the final 2 sets is pretty comfortable these days on tour.

GO MONICA!

CJ07
May 13th, 2003, 10:48 PM
I think Rita Grande was probably the one who w/d

Mase
May 13th, 2003, 11:55 PM
Me too, Grande had a three set loss today do I wouldnt be too shocked if between that and Monica wanted to focus on her singles, the agreed to do it...... SO HAPPY it's not because Monica is hurting!!!! Go Monica!!!!!

heavyaction
May 14th, 2003, 12:39 AM
Rita lost yesterday, not today. and if she lost, why would she want to w/d? wouldn't she want to continue playing for the rest of the tournament?

unless someone provides some fact about rita, i would suspect that it was monica who asked to withdraw.

VivalaSeles
May 14th, 2003, 01:32 AM
Hi to all Selestials :wavey:
Welcome back, Monica :worship:
I missed you so much :kiss:

R&J
May 14th, 2003, 03:40 AM
WAY TO PULL THIS ONE OUT TODAY MONICA!!!:worship:

WAY TO GO!!!!:bounce:

Miranda
May 14th, 2003, 05:31 AM
Monica, lets go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

QUEENLINDSAY
May 14th, 2003, 06:03 AM
I wanna bump in!!!!
GO Monica!!! for the title!!!!!
Rome is Monica's territory!!!!

Wojtek
May 14th, 2003, 07:12 AM
I think Rita Grande was probably the one who w/d

No they w/d because Monica has left foot injury .

Jakub
May 14th, 2003, 08:44 AM
good luck :kiss: Monica :kiss: against Nadja

Diya
May 14th, 2003, 09:31 AM
Great comeback win yesterday !
Good Luck against another quality opponent , Petrova !
Have fun :)

galadriel
May 14th, 2003, 09:44 AM
GO MONICA GO :D

vs1
May 14th, 2003, 09:54 AM
C'mon Monica!!!! Show us the Clay Queen that you are!!! :worship:

schris
May 14th, 2003, 10:51 AM
Good luck Monica !

mauresmofan
May 14th, 2003, 07:32 PM
So sad - get well soon Monica!