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Sound of Seles Is an Asset on and off Court
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Tournaments & championships; Tennis
Author: PUCIN, DIANE
Date: Aug 6, 2001
Start Page: D.8
Section: Sports; Sports Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

The best sound in tennis is the grunt, the "unh-EEE," that rises from the tip of Monica Seles' toes and exits at the top of her follow- through. It is the grunt that drove Jennifer Capriati crazy Friday. It is the grunt that gets louder as Seles plays better. Which makes it the sweetest sound on the WTA Tour.

Seles was physically and emotionally injured and the women's tour was left for [Steffi Graf] to dominate. Before the attack, Seles had won seven of the previous eight Grand Slam tournaments she had entered. With her creative power, with the weird angles Seles concocted with her two-handed forehand and backhand, with her killer competitiveness, Seles might have won the next seven Slams she played.

Seles arrived here leaner, lighter, faster and noisier than at any time in the last four years. This Seles can turn on the ball again, blasting away from the baseline. This Seles hits the ball as hard as any of the youngsters.

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