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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2003, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Monica was in pain

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Well, Monica's interview just answered my worries -- totally unrelated to her chronic foot problem. STUPID COURT!!!!! Let's hope the scan turns out OK and she returns all fired up. What a trooper to continue and to even show up for an interview in pain.
A. KOUKALOVA/M. Seles 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
MODERATOR: Questions for Monica, please.
Q. You really needed that to be over in straight sets, didn't you? MONICA SELES: Oh, definitely, it was a struggle from that second game on when I sprained it, I knew I would be in trouble. I tried to fight it out there, but she was just too good.
Q. Had some good returns. MONICA SELES: She played very well. She definitely made me run. She came up with some great shots at very important times.
Q. How did you hurt it? Looked like you were going for a volley. MONICA SELES: Yeah, I thought she was going to hit to the open court. She wrong-footed me, I just went over it.
Q. How much pain were you in? MONICA SELES: I was in bad pain. It's an ankle sprain. These courts aren't the best for it. It's my first time getting a sprain on them, so I guess I was due for one.
Q. If this had been another tournament, would you have defaulted? MONICA SELES: It's hard to say. I wanted to play. I worked really hard. Just tried to hang in there.
Q. You've had an ankle strain here before, didn't you? MONICA SELES: It could have been. I don't know. I mean, I never had an ankle sprain on my left foot, so that's new. I had three on my right. Sure didn't come at the best time.
Q. Is it to do with the grip of the sole on the court? MONICA SELES: I think it's just more stickier than the other courts. But, I mean, it surprised me today since it really wasn't as hot. When it gets hot, it gets a lot stickier. My shoe is very well worn in. All these years, I know the drill. But it's still stickier than other courts.
Q. Obviously it's disappointing. Given your results last year, the way you played here, through the year, it must be doubly disappointing? MONICA SELES: I mean, definitely. Right now I want to get out of the pain. I've been in it for the past two and a half hours. That's my main goal, to get through that, have a good night's sleep, get some treatment on it, and hopefully not be out too long because of it.
Q. Will it require any sort of scan? MONICA SELES: I'll probably take one tomorrow just to be safe. It's always better. Then go from there.
Q. You came into the tournament where you had a bit of a foot problem, I think in Hong Kong. Completely unrelated to that? MONICA SELES: No. That was on the bottom. That was separate. Totally wasn't the ankle. Today was just a classic rollover of the ankle. Just bad luck. What can you do?
Q. What are the rules about pain killers? Are you allowed to take anything during the match? MONICA SELES: I don't know. I mean, I took about seven Tylenols. That was what the trainer gave me to take for pain. That's been really it. I haven't asked if I can take anything else. I don't know what's allowed with the new drug protocol.
Q. You still had pain after taking the tablets? MONICA SELES: I think the adrenaline, you try to block it out. But you do feel it when you have to move. And she definitely made me move today.
Q. Did it cause more unforced errors than normal? It just seemed. MONICA SELES: I was just a step slower. I couldn't change directions. She was not a player that I could get away with that. Maybe if I had gotten away with it today, I definitely wouldn't have gotten away with it the day after tomorrow. Just one of the things that happened. I tried to tough it out, I couldn't do it.
Q. Probably tough to say, but do you think had you won, do you think you could have played in two days? MONICA SELES: Who knows. I mean, who knows. If I would play through pain again, sure. You try to put your head over the pain. If that's good or not in the long run, I don't know. I'm happy. That's probably not the case.
Jimmy! - Jan 16, 2003 4:11 am (#1058 of 1065)
Go Monica!!!!!Play a few more years!
Oh my god I can't believe it!!!!!!
I hope Monica can recover from this. Not just physically, but also mentally, she must be so dissapointed now....
Jimmy! - Jan 16, 2003 4:12 am (#1059 of 1065)
Go Monica!!!!!Play a few more years!
Thanx for the interview!
-Steph- - Jan 16, 2003 4:20 am (#1060 of 1065)
Take the AO Andre and Monica!
OMG. I want to cry.
Why does she never have any luck! What the f man?????
Poor Monica...waht a blow. I wish they had a video of her interview up so we could see if she was matter-of-fact or really upset or what/
Such a blow. I'm glad now I have no coverage. This would have been too depressing to watch.
aahheeiiiii - Jan 16, 2003 5:17 am (#1063 of 1067)
I know Heron, Dude, Thompgirl, and all the rest of Monica fans will be utterly shocked and disappointed. At least we can share our sadness together.
Chrissy you put it right there, it's so comforting to be able to come here after something like this and console with fellow Monica fans who feel the same way as me!
This injury just has no words for me i just don't want to believe it has happened, and those photos make me sooooooo sad :-((((((
When I got home from work just after the Hewitt match they said after the break we will be showing you the match between Monica Seles and whoever it was and I was very suspicious cause they wouldn't do that unless it was a great battle or a loss for Monica then when they came back and said there had been an incident and showed Monica rolling over her ankle my heart feel to the floor. I honestly thought this was a bad dream WHY??? WHY THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN!!!! If it had been Wimbledon I would have been disappointed but her chances there are very slim anyway but her real big chance to win a slam and this happens to her :-((((
As much as I want to be positive, is this just another sign from the universe that Monica isn't meant to win that 10th slam????!!!! Maybe it's just not meant to happen! I mean unless all this bad is making way for some amazing 10th slam title that would make it even sweeter I don't know... but life isn't always like a fairytale some of us don't get the happy endings, didn't Monica say that once?
As for the rest of the event I couldn't care less, I have totally lost interest on the womens side. I'll still watch but I don't give a shit who wins.
I've got the match on tape really don't think I can watch it I saw some points and on match point the K girl hit a drop shot Monica didn't even move off the baseline. For sure Monica would have won this match without the injury but perhaps it would have still been close. I'll proabably still watch it at some point, definitely one of the toughest Monica incidents we have had to go through but I'm really glad we are able to go through this together and share our pain, wish we could send Monica a message to let her know we are thinking of her!
The interview is heartbreaking, she must be so devestated! I pray that this wont cause her long term problems that might really be the end of it!
I'm so shocked...
-Steph- - Jan 16, 2003 5:21 am (#1064 of 1067)
I think I'm over the initial shock. I wasn't able to check the score at work today...good thing too because my mood would have been unbearable.
I can't even read the whole interview yet. a few quotes was enough.
You're right aahheeiiii!...this is more heartbreaking because it is the AO. she's never lost before the quarters right? This is where she's had the most success, where she's loved so much...I can't go's too hard.
I am thankful for all of you...we all need this place as an outlet for our pain! hopefully there will be joy soon! Love you Monica!
A-One - Jan 16, 2003 5:36 am (#1065 of 1067)
Poor Monica! This definitely comes under the category of 'These things happen'. I hope Klara is totally humiliated in her next match! Which isn't very kind but while I can accept Monica being injured I can't bear the thought of someone else profiting from it...
On a bright note looks like World Crossing is going to make it.
aahheeiiiii - Jan 16, 2003 5:47 am (#1066 of 1067)
I think I'm over the initial shock. I wasn't able to check the score at work today...good thing too because my mood would have been unbearable.
LOL Steph )) I feel exactly the same but just as well over here it's time to go to bed otherwise I wouldn't be the nicest person to be around!
It just plain SUCKS. Hasn't this happened to Monica's opponents twice here in Australia? Wasn't it Brie Rippner in 2001 and then that spanish chick last year???? I always thought thank God it wasn't Monica, that it would be awful if that happened to her and now it has (((
She actually looks really fit in those pictures when she fell, and I liked the outfit too! I was really looking forward to the weekend and early next week seeing Monica and following her matches I just want to scream that this happened and until the event is over I think I will be in a bad mood.
aahheeiiiii - Jan 16, 2003 5:52 am (#1067 of 1067)
Something about Mary....
I was absolutely shocked when I saw Mary Pierce, she has put on so much weight what happened???? She wont get far in that shape, I don't think Monica was ever that bad, I kinda feel for her looking like that it's very unlike Mary to let her self go in such a way.
Still can't believe what happened to Monica, hopefully I'll go to bed and wake up and realise it was all a bad dream but sadly I know that won't happen....
Take care all, Monica will live to fight another day!
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Hey Love seles, can you direct me to the board where these people are? like the message board link . Thanks , much appreciated...
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