On This Day: Welcome Back, Monica
Published August 15, 2014 12:13
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