Seles elected to international tennis Hall of Fame

January 16th, 2009 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Jan 16 (IANS) US tennis star and former World No.1 Monica Seles has been elected to the international tennis Hall of Fame.Seles was honoured for a career in which she won 53 singles titles, including four at the Australian Open, three at the French Open and two at the US Open.

“It was just a lot of highs and a lot of lows,” Seles was quoted as saying in Daily Telegraph Thursday.

“One of the things that always kept me going was my love of the game.”

Also elected were 1972 French Open champion Andres Gimeno, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) co-founder Donald Dell, and the late Robert Johnson, who pioneered the integration of tennis.

They will be inducted July 11.

When Seles first rose to No. 1 in 1991, she was 17, the youngest woman at the time to have topped the rankings.

By the time she was 19, Seles already had won eight major championships.

But in April 1993, at the height of her success, she was attacked by a man who climbed out of the stands at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany.

Seles returned to the game 27 months later and immediately reached the 1995 US Open final. Her final Grand Slam title then came at the 1996 Australian Open; she would go on to reach two more major finals.

Hampered by a left foot injury, she played her last match at the 2003 French Open at age 29.

Thinking she might try to come back at some point, Seles waited until last year to officially announce her retirement.

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