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Even though I think Jennifers was a really great one, I still believe Monica's is the best. The reason I think this was the best is becuase Monica could not help herself from being stab and Jennifer, well you can kind of say it was preventable. After the stabbing, which could have paralyzed monica, she is still one of the best players today and one of the best players of all time.
 

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Alice Marble.

Alice was headed for stardom in 1933, the first real serve and volleyer in women's tennis. One Sunday at East Hampton, her dream became a nightmare.<br />At East Hampton she had made the semis of all 3 events, singles. doubles, and mixed. Due to rain backing up play, Alice faced the prospect of having to gruel out 6 matches on the hottest day of the year!

After the 4th or 5th match, horribly dehydrated, she wanted to default. With good results all summer, Alice felt she was a shoe-in for the US Nationals and Wightman Cup. USTA bigwig Julian Myrick told her she HAD to finish the day out, or she could forget the US Nationals(today's Open). The big crowd was there to see Helen Wills, Alic'es doubles partner. In her 5th or 6th match (most of them 3 setters) she collapsed in a heap on court.

Alice went on to enter the US Nationals, but after East Hampton her energy was shot. On her first trip to Europe in 1934, she again fell ill while hitting and was rushed to the hospital. All hopes of Wimbledon were forgotten as Alice fought for her life. Her illness was diagnosed as tuberculosis by some, anemia by others. All were sure her tennis carer was over.

Only the tiger-like determination of her coach Eleanor "Teach" Tennant, saved Alice Marble. "Teach" spent what money she had helping Alice recover. Marble and Teach's movie star friends Clark Gable and Carole Lombard cheered her up. Only after 2 years of painful recovery was Alice ready to reeenter the tennis world. Only one person stood in her way, the man many blamed for her illness in the place, Julain Myrick.

Myrick had the balls to demand that Alice "prove" she wouldn't embarass the USTA by playing a series of sets vs. Semi-pro males. Under a blazing sun, Alice not only competed with the men, she beat them. He let her enter the US Nationals.

The 1936 US Nationals were a big deal because the men's and women's events were combined for the first time. Crowds came out and marveled that Alice could win with "the big game"(serve and volley). Until Alice, the thinking was only a man could win that way. Marble came back after a 2 years absence to win the US in 1936. She only won 5 slams because she wasn't allowed to enter the French and because of World War Two.

If you get the chance, read her book "Courting Danger". During the War Alice was a spy! Marble hated the USTA tennis establishment, and it was her pressure that shamed the USTA into letting Althea Gibson play the US Nationals in 1950. It took an outsider to help another outsider.

"Teach" went on to coach another Champ, Mo Connolly. For a while Marble helped coach Billie Jean King.

To me Alice's story is unique because her illness was life-threatening, much like Corinna Morariu's.

[ November 27, 2001: Message edited by: Rollo ]</p>
 

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Alice Marble: Yeah i remember reading an article in a tennis magazine about her life as a tennis player and a spy! It sounded like one of those dangerous romantic war epics! What a life she must have led...
 

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I consider comebacks as players that disappeared from the rankings all together, which means thy basically went nearly a year without playing!

From 1990 onwards the greatest comebacks in order are

1.) Monica Seles - everyone knows her amazing comeback<br />2.) Jennifer Capriati - same as above.<br />3.) Steffi Graf, had serious knee problems and was sidelined for a year, cameback and won a grand slam and got to number 3 in the world<br />4.) Julie Halard-Decugis, returned to the tour after 18 months off with wrist injury, serious knee injury and back injury and reached a career high number 7 in the world in singles, and number 1 in doubles.<br />5.) Barbara Paulus, was off the tour for a few years with bad wrist injury, managed to climb back to a career high number 10.

Anyone got any others?

De Los Rios? Smylie, Husarova? Rubin? can't remember is they disappeared from the ranks all together!
 

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Oh my God...

It amazes me. Maybe it is said too often and we are desensitized to it. But really think about the following words...

Monica Seles was playing a tennis match and someone took a knife and plunged it into her back from behind when she was unaware of what was going on and unable to protect herself, all because she was too good a tennis player.

Is there really any doubt that Sees' comeback is the greatest ever...?
 

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I really think it is Monica Seles... can't be any one else.
 

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I think Capriati's comeback was much more impressive than Seles'.

Basically, Capriati came back from a "longer way". She went from being a child wonder poised to sit on top of the world to a "nobody" and then beyond to eventually sit on the top of the world. Monica, on the other hand, went from an athlete in top shape to an injured athlete and back to an athlete in top shape. But more important, Seles has NOT matched her prior success. Capriati has not only comeback, but has actually exceeded her prior accomplishments.

Also, the fact that Capriati brought her misfortunes on herself actually helps her case, I believe. More people can relate to that scenario because they have set themselves back. Capriati's story offers hope, and so it's probably broader in its ability to inspire.

Both stories are worth writing about, and I so glad that Seles overcame that tragic event. Good for her!!!!
 

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I would have to say Chris Evert's comeback at the US Open in 1971. She was down several match points to an experienced pro, Mary Anne Eisel. Chris was 16 years old, an amatuer rookie, she narrowed her eyes, fought off the match points and never looked back. Chris also did this once to Nancy Richey in 1975. Was down a set, 5-1 and match points.

I know there have been other strange comebacks the past 10 years or so. they always involved Gabriela Sabatini or Jana Novotna on the losing side, so they aren't quite as amazing (Mary over Gabby at '93 french/Steffi over Jana '93 Wimbledon, etc etc etc).

My favorite comeback this year was jennifer in an early round at the Aussie Open. She was down match point to someone and came back to win the match, the tourney and the rest is history.
 

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MaryLinda - Im not sure, but I think you misunderstood what was meant by comeback, I think they meant coming back to the game, not coming back in a match, but nevermind!! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

I think Monica's is the best, followed by Jennifer...

<br />But dont lets forget Evonne Goolagong!!! She had a child, came back and won wimbledon!!! Thats pretty impressive!!
 

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Yes Czechfan, I didn't read the other posts!!

I totally agree with you that the greatest comeback was Evonne Goolagong's in the late 70's. Not only because she was my all time favorite (sorry Jen, Steffi, Monica, Gabby and Hana!) but because she was out of tennis for over a year having a baby (late 76-late 77) and when she came back she had to deal with a suddenly improved Martina Navratilova and a kid named Tracy Austin, as well as numerous injuries. One in particular kept her out of tennis from the Wimbledon semi's in '78 (she was leading eventual winner Navratilova) until April '79. So from 76-79 she was out almost 2 full years and she still came back and won Wimbledon at the age of 29 in 1980, defeating Evert, Austin and Mandlikova. When you consider her age, circumstances and results I think Evonne wins the comeback award. She was the first mother to win W in over 80 years. Pregnancy hampers a lot of an athlete's fitness and motivation and she came back like a trouper.
 

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Great post Marylinda.

yes, you had to feel so sorry for Evonne, during the 78 Wimbledon semi final...

She was up 4-2 or something in the 3rd wasnt she?? Then her ankle got injured, and she could barely finish the match.....

Martina went on to win wimby...Thank god Evonne finally won in 1980....
 

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I go with Monica, not only was she right on top again after she came back but also she had to go back on a tenniscourt in public again having the crowd behind her back even if there was protection now it must have been very scary for her.
 

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I think Monica by far made the best comeback ever

Jenn has done very well but didn't Andre Aggasi drop out of the top 100 hundred then came back to No1 thats is also a pretty good achievement
 

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Sorry about the Andre comment I just realised the title says Womens Tennis
 

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After being FORCED out of the game, Monica not only came back, but WON the first tournament she played - The Canadian Open - a Tier 1, no less. She then backed that up with a finals appearance at the US Open. How many women have done that? Maybe it's just me, but I found that to be frickin' amazing! (Unless there has been a player who came back and won a Grand Slam as her first tournament back. I would be even greatly impressed!)
 
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