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"The only constants in my life were food, fear and depression. I was living in a prison of fear. He had stolen my life, career and income."


There is a 3-page article about Monica in the April 2006 issue of British tennis-magazine ACE. It's in the Planet Tennis: Hall of Fame section (pp.74-76): "A will to survive" by John Haylett.

It reviews Monica's career from her dominance of the early 1990s to the Stabbing, to "the bravest of returns to the game" in 1995, to the present day when she is contemplating one more comeback.

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Gripping the racket with both hands, forehand and backhand, she gave the ball an almighty whack, accompanied by an ear-splitting shriek as she exhaled. Seles rarely ventured to the net, but she stepped inside the baseline and hit the ball early, nailing it on the rise. Her footwork and anticipation were excellent, and her concentration was deadly.

"I don't know if I've ever seen a player as mentally strong as Monica," said Pam Shriver, a former world No.3. "When the going got tough, she just got you in a death grip and wouldn't let you out."
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The article finishes on the following note:
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For all the awful things that have happened to her, Monica Seles has learned to be positive, and no tennis player has more compassion for others.

"I have learned a lot of skills that have helped me a great deal," she says. "Survival skills. I have learned to get up and go on. There are a lot of things that happen in other people's lives that are a lot worse than what has happened to me. I don't want anybody to feel sad for me."
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