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Monica Seles

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles

Profession: Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Became the youngest-ever French Open champion when she won at 16, and would go on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles before her 20th birthday. Unfortunately, she may be best known as the the victim of an on-court attack, when a man stabbed her in the back with a 9-inch-long knife.

Born: December 2, 1973
Birthplace: Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
Age: 45 years old

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Events in the Life of Monica Seles

  • 1989-09-03 American tennis star Chris Evert beats 15-year-old Monica Seles 6-0, 6-2 in a 4th round match for her 101st and last US Open singles victory
  • 1990-06-09 French Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles of Yugoslavia wins her first Grand Slam singles title; beats Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4
  • 1990-11-18 Yugoslavian tennis star Monica Seles beats Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2 to win her first of 3 straight WTA Tour Championships in NYC; first 5-set women's final since 1901
  • 1991-01-26 Australian Open: Monica Seles becomes the only Yugoslav player – male or female – to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Jana Novotná 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1991-03-11 Monica Seles ends Steffi Graf's streak of 186 weeks ranked as #1
  • 1991-06-08 French Open Women's Tennis: Defending champion Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 6-3, 6-4
  • 1991-09-07 US Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles of Yugoslavia wins her first US title; beats Martina Navratilova 7-6, 6-1
  • 1991-11-24 Monica Seles sets female tennis record, winning prize money of $2,457,758 in a year
  • 1991-11-24 Yugoslavian tennis star Monica Seles beats Martina Navratilova 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 6–0 to win her 2nd straight WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1992-01-25 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles beats American Mary Joe Fernández 6-2, 6-3 for her 5th career Grand Slam title
  • 1992-06-06 French Open Women's Tennis: Yugoslavian star Monica Seles retains title; outlasts Steffi Graf of Germany 6-2, 3-6, 10-8
  • 1992-07-04 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf wins her 4th of 7 Wimbledon singles titles outclassing Monica Seles 6-2, 6-1
  • 1992-09-12 US Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles retains her title; beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 6-3, 6-3
  • 1992-11-22 Yugoslavian tennis star Monica Seles beats Martina Navratilova for the second consecutive year to win WTA Tour Championship 7–5, 6–3, 6–1 in NYC; her 3rd straight end of season title
  • 1993-01-30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles beats Steffi Graf 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for her 3rd consecutive Australian singles crown

  • 1993-03-04 1st ESPY Awards: Michael Jordan, Monica Seles win
  • 1995-07-29 Monica Seles beats Martina Navratilova in her return to tennis
  • 1995-09-09 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf wins her 4th US title; beats Monica Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-3
  • 1996-01-27 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber of Germany 6-4, 6-1 for her first and only Grand Slam victory after her stabbing
  • 1996-09-07 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf retains her title; beats Monica Seles 7-5 6-4 for her 5th and final US singles crown
  • 1996-09-29 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Atlantic City, NJ: Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 5-0) and 15th title
  • 1998-06-06 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain beats Monica Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-2; her 4th and last career Grand Slam singles title and 3rd French title
  • 2000-11-19 Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis wins WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC; beats Monica Seles, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4
  • 2002-01-05 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Spain wins 2nd title; Arantxa Sánchez Vicario & Tommy Robredo beat American pair Monica Seles & Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-2 for a 2-1 victory

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