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Published on May 15, 2009
The day that changed women's tennis history. Monica was on top of the world, she had won 7 of the last 8 grandslams she entered, plus the last 3 year end championships. At age 19, she already had 8 grandslam titles, and a 4-1 grandslam final record against Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. She was getting stronger and stronger, was about to go for her 4th consecutive french open, when all of this stopped. Soon after, Steffi started winning all the grandslams, while Monica's career was changed forever. She would make a return 2.5 years later, and won her 9th grandslam. But she was never the same player mentally or physically, her whole destiny had changed, she had a different approach on life and was just happy to be out there playing instead of the single-minded champion who was going for so many records. She also lost her father & coach to cancer in 1998. Today Monica has revealed that her weight problems since her comeback were a result of her stabbing and the death of her father, food became her best friend. To me Monica Seles will always be the greatest champion of all-time, between 1990-1993 she was dominating, improving and showing no signs of stopping. Too bad that her attacker got his wish when he made Steffi get back to no.1 and today she owns the records and people call her the greatest. Saddest story in tennis, but we all know that Monica is the real greatest and that without the stabbing she would have continued to evolve and continue on her incredible journey. Monica however is so humble and she never gives excuses or feels sorry for herself, and to me that's the definition of a true champion.