Cheated "What Tennis Missed Out on After Hamburg"

Cyril QuinnContributor IJuly 18, 2009

From 1990 to 1993 Monica Seles dominated Women's tennis in a fashion rarely ever seen, she would win eight majors and went into the 1993 season as a two-time defending champion in three out of four majors, Wimbledon being the lone exception. But similar to Sandy Koufax we were not allowed to witness her brillance for long because of one sadistic fan who wanted Steffi Graf to be number one, Gunter Parche accomplished that as Graf went on to win 11 majors after Seles was stabbed by him.

Parche cheated us as Tennis fans from possibly witnessing one of the greatest rivalries in tennis history, at the time of the stabbing Monica Seles had eight majors to her credit while Graf had 11, but Seles was clearly getting the best of Graf beating her in three out of four major finals at that point. At the time Seles was just 19 while Graf was 24; fans would have had at least five to six years of great tennis between the two.

Seles played her last match official match in 2003, but only won one major after her comeback in 1995.

Despite this Seles was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame last weekend, instead of being mentioned with names like Graf, Navratilova, Evert and Court she falls a notch below those immortals of the sport and leaves us wondering what could have been.

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