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Monica Seles


1973 Born December 2, 1973, in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, to Ester and Karoly Seles
1980 Begins playing tennis; plays in first tournament in the spring and wins
1982 Ranked no. 1 junior player in Yugoslavia
1985 Wins the Orange Bowl in Miami, meets coach Nick Bollettieri and moves to Florida from Yugoslavia to train
1987 Ranked no. 1 junior player in the world
1988 Competes in the Virginia Slims tournament in Boca Raton, Florida (competes as an amateur)
1989 Turns professional at the age of 15
1989 Wins her first professional tournament at the Virginia Slims in Houston in April
1990 Wins her first Grand Slam event—the French Open
1991 Becomes youngest tennis professional tennis player in history to be ranked no. 1 in the world
1991 Wins the French Open, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open
1992 Withdraws from Wimbledon due to shin splints
1992 Wins the French Open, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open
1993 Wins Australian Open
1993 Stabbed in the back on April 30th in the quarterfinals of the Citizen Cup in Hamburg, Germany (she will be away from tennis for almost two years)
1994 Becomes a naturalized U.S. Citizen
1995 Makes her comeback on July 29 and rejoins WTA in August
1995-96 Named to Federation Cup Team
1996 Releases book "From Fear to Victory" in June 1996
1996 Member of U.S. Olympic Tennis Team
1996 Publishes her autobiography, Monica: From Fear to Victory
1996 Wins the Australian Open
1997 Wins her 40th title in August
1998 Wins the Tokyo Princess Cup with Anna Kournikova
1998-2000 Again named to Federation Cup Team
2000 Member of U.S. Olympic Tennis Team
2001 Ends season with a thirteen-match winning streak

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