quote: ...it's been 20 years since Monica Seles had her career maimed and dismantled on a court in Hamburg, Germany...try to remember her historic effect on women's tennis....a German man named Gunter Parche approached the court during a changeover, grabbed a nine-inch boning knife with two hands and stabbed Seles in the back -- his mission was horrifyingly complete: Steffi Graf, the object of his obsession, eventually regained the No. 1 ranking from Seles, then just 19 and sensationally on the rise.Over the course of two trials, Parche was deemed to be so deranged as to be incapable of reason and no longer a threat to anyone. He never served a moment of jail time.What's lost, in the pile of emotional residue, is Seles' place in the pantheon. The statistical evidence is quite impressive .... Seles' name rarely surfaces in discussions about the all-time greats, and that's a terrible shame, for she had as much on-court impact as any player in history.There was a 19-month wait between trials, during which Parche was free to live his life with no probation restrictions. And when he came up for a second trial, promising never to hurt anyone again, the judge found his words "absolutely believable."...the tormented Seles was left to ponder the preposterous injustice of it all, often finding herself retreating into darkness and sobbing uncontrollably. Through months of what she described as "total depression," gaining weight and haunted, Seles rarely addressed the notion of returning to the court.
quote: ...the tormented Seles was left to ponder the preposterous injustice of it all, often finding herself retreating into darkness and sobbing uncontrollably.