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Seles to take on tennis superstars!

Nine-time Grand Slam winner Monica Seles is planning a comeback, buoyed by the success of players like Mary Pierce and Kim Clijsters who have returned to the top 10 after overcoming injuries.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 18:39 IST
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Nine-time Grand Slam winner Monica Seles is planning a comeback, buoyed by the success of players like Mary Pierce and Kim Clijsters who have returned to the top 10 after overcoming injuries.

Seles, 32, hasn't played since the 2003 French Open, held back by a broken bone in her right foot which still gives her trouble.

But after watching her friend Pierce make two Grand Slam finals last year, Seles believes she too can return and take on today's superstars.

"What Mary has achieved is nothing short of amazing. If she can come back from all her injuries and do so well, then I think why can't I?" she said in the January issue of Australian Tennis magazine.

"After all, we're the same age and go back years and years.

"From my own influence it helps so much to see Kim and Mary coming back and doing so well after injuries. I know I have a limited time left, so I am hoping that my foot heals sufficiently enough to play again.

"I still don't know when that will be though."

She won't be launching her comeback at the Australian Open, which she has won four times, but plans to be there as part of her sponsorship commitments.

Seles see Clijsters as the player to beat in Melbourne.

"I think you have to look at Kim as favourite if she can keep playing the way she has," she said of the 22-year-old, who amassed nine titles in her comeback year last season.

"Mary Pierce has a great chance too, as she seems to be getting better and better. I think if she keeps up the hard work, she'll be right up there with Kim and maybe Lindsay (Davenport) as favourite."

Despite her desire to get back on court, Seles said she had no intention of trying to extend her career like Martina Navratilova, who is still playing at 48.

"Oh my God no," she said. "That is something I definitely leave to Martina. There is only one Martina, and she is just amazing in every area."

Seles had her heyday the early 1990s but her meteoric rise was interrupted in 1993 when she was stabbed at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany, by a fan obsessed with Steffi Graf.

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 18:39 IST