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Was coached by father, Karolj, until his death in May 1998; holds especially dear the memory of first playing tennis with him in a parking lot; mother's name is Ester; has Yorkshire terrier named Ariel ... Became a US citizen in Miami on March 16, 1994 ... Other interests include modeling, horseback riding, basketball, guitar, reading autobiographies, hiking, swimming, working with Special Olympics athletes ... Collects stuffed animals ... Partner in the All-Star Cafe (sports restaurant chain) with Agassi, Woods, O'Neal, Montana, Gretzky and Griffey Jr ... Appeared in American Heart Association's "Got Milk?" ads with Evert and Fernandez ... Would like to attend college one day and work with children.
Winner (53): 2002 - Doha, Madrid; 2001 - Oklahoma City, Bahia, Tokyo [Japan Open], Shanghai; 2000 - Oklahoma City, Amelia Island, Rome; 1999 - Amelia Island; 1998 - Montréal, Tokyo [Princess Cup]; 1997 - Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo [Princess Cup]; 1996 - Australian Open, Tokyo [Nichirei], Sydney, Eastbourne, Montréal; 1995 - Toronto; 1993 - Australian Open, Chicago; 1992 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open, Tour Championships, Essen, Indian Wells, Houston, Barcelona, Tokyo [Nichirei], Oakland; 1991 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open, Tour Championships, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo [Nichirei], Milan, Philadelphia; 1990 - Roland Garros, Tour Championships, Miami, US Hardcourts, Tampa, Rome, Berlin, Los Angeles, Oakland; 1989 - Houston.
Winner (6): 1998 - Tokyo [Princess Cup] (w/Kournikova); 1997 - Tokyo [Princess Cup] (w/Sugiyama); 1992 - Rome (w/Sukova); 1991 - US Hardcourts (w/Fendick), Rome (w/Capriati); 1990 - Rome (w/Kelesi).
American Fed Cup Team 1995-96, 1998-2000, 2002; American Olympic Team 1996, 2000.
Career in Review
- Holds nine Grand Slam singles titles (four at Australian Open, three at Roland Garros, two at US Open); last one was 1996 Australian Open; last time reaching final was 1998 Roland Garros (just three weeks after father's death; finished runner-up to Sánchez-Vicario); last one played was 2003 Roland Garros (lost first round to Nadia Petrova; was last match played).
- Youngest winner of Roland Garros in history in 1990 (16 years, 6 months), beating then-No.1 Graf in straight sets in final.
- Youngest winner of Tour Championships in 1990 (16 years, 11 months), beating Sabatini 64 57 63 64 62 in first women's match to go to five sets since 1901 US Nationals final.
- Holds 53 career Tour singles titles (currently ninth-most all-time).
- Held No.1 for 178 non-consecutive weeks, fifth-most all-time; rose to No.1 for first time on March 11, 1991, becoming youngest ever at the time (now second-youngest, having been passed by Hingis); year-end No.1 twice (1991, 1992).
- Career prize money ($14,891,762) is currently ninth all-time.
- Member of winning American Fed Cup Teams in 1996, 1999 and 2000.
- Won seven of eight Grand Slams contested prior to 1993 stabbing; only Graf bettered that with eight of nine between 1988-1990; during QF match in Hamburg on April 13, 1993, was stabbed in back (just below left shoulder blade) by 38-year-old Guenter Parche, a fanatical fan of Graf who wanted to see her return to No.1; Seles did not play again for two years, three months; returned on August 15, 1995 with co-No.1 ranking (w/Graf), winning comeback event in Toronto and reaching US Open final in next event (falling to Graf in 3s).