1
1
1

On This Day: Welcome Back, Monica

August 15, 1995 - TLC were singing about Waterfalls, Michelle Pfeiffer was trying to get through to her class and one of the all-time greats was making an electric comeback.

Published August 15, 2014 12:13

On This Day: Welcome Back, Monica
Monica Seles

TORONTO, Canada - It was a muggy Tuesday night in Toronto - August 15, 1995 - when Monica Seles captivated the world with an electric comeback to pro tennis after two and a half years out.

Facing Kimberly Po, who would one day go as high as No.14 in the world, Seles' massive, pinpoint groundstrokes were completely on song as she overpowered her fellow American in an hour, 6-0, 6-3.

It was as though she hadn't missed a day of competition.

"A couple of shots, I just watched them go by, literally," Po told the New York Times.

"Everyone says her serve is so much better, but I thought it was good before."

Seles would eventually win the first 11 matches of her comeback - all in straight sets - in picking up that Rogers Cup title and going all the way to the finals of the US Open, where she would lose to Steffi Graf in a three sets, 7-6(6), 0-6, 6-3 (you can watch highlights from that match below). And she would play consistently through 2003, winning 21 WTA titles in that span to bring her career haul to 53.

Incidentally, two of today's WTA stars were actually in that draw - Venus Williams, who fell in the first round to Sabine Appelmans, and Martina Hingis, who reached the quarterfinals before falling to Mary Pierce. Williams was just 15 years old at the time and Hingis - who was the No.14 seed - just 14.

A few throwbacks to August 15, 1995...
No.1 song on Billboard Hot 100 singles: Waterfalls by TLC
No.1 album on Billboard 200 albums: E. 1999 Eternal by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
No.1 movie at US Box Office: Dangerous Minds
No.1 men's tennis player: Andre Agassi
No.1 women's tennis player: Steffi Graf & Monica Seles

Share this page!

Related news

  • Vintage Ivanovic Back In Semifinals

    June 02, 2015
    Ana Ivanovic ripped 37 winners in 75 minutes to beat Elina Svitolina and get back into the French Open semifinals - her first Grand Slam semifinal since winning here in 2008.
  • Sharapova On Wimbledon: I Will Be Ready

    June 02, 2015
    Maria Sharapova may not have won the French Open title this year, but for the five-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.1, it's on to the next one: Wimbledon.
  • Safarova Keeps Cool To Reach SF, Top 10

    June 02, 2015
    Lucie Safarova produced a clinical display to dash the hopes of WTA Rising Star Garbiñe Muguruza and reach the semifinals of the French Open.
To The Top
3