January 28, 1996 |
Holding the trophy over her head and wiping tears from her cheeks, Monica Seles celebrated her first Grand Slam title since being stabbed nearly three years ago. Having spent as much time in the training room as she has on court this fortnight, Monica Seles put the strains and stresses of her injuries out of her mind to cruise by eighth seed Anke Huber, 6-4, 6-1, Saturday morning and capture her fourth Australian Open crown. The reigning queen, whose fitness has been as much an issue this week as her tennis, intends to develop a new conditioning regimen after finishing her winter tournament schedule in Tokyo next week.
November 7, 1998 |
The first-round pairings for the Advanta Championships, a $450,000 WTA tour stop held at Villanova's Pavilion, were drawn yesterday with a bit of good luck for local favorite Lisa Raymond. Raymond will open the tournament, which begins Monday and will feature two sessions a day until Sunday's final, against a survivor of the qualifying. "I can't complain," said the 25-year-old Raymond, the native of Wayne who is ranked 25th in the world. "Any time you can start off against a qualifier, it's an advantage.
November 20, 1995 |
At the end, after 2 hours, 46 minutes, the tears mixed with the giggles, and Steffi Graf put her arm around Anke Huber, and Huber put her arm around Graf, but you couldn't tell - who was holding up whom? In only the seventh five-set women's final in tennis history, Graf had beaten Huber, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, in the WTA Championships at Madison Square Garden. The 15,137 fans had been drawn to their feet dozens of times, mostly by heroics by Huber, and they had been gasping for breath more often than either of the women, who had been swinging from their heels.
September 5, 1995 |
Recovering from the shock and pain of a public stabbing would give any person a different perspective on life. When that victim is a sports celebrity like Monica Seles, her counsel can have a lasting, soothing effect on people. Before Monica Seles walked onto the Louis Armstrong Stadium Court yesterday for her round of 16 match with Anke Huber, she noticed Edit Pakay, a junior girls player in the locker room who had just lost a match. "I talked to this one girl that was crying," Seles said after winning, 6-1, 6-4. "She was from Hungary.
November 11, 1995 |
The idea came to Lori McNeil slowly, during the first set, when Conchita Martinez was stationed at the baseline, teeing off on passing shots and leaving McNeil bewildered. Hit short balls, McNeil finally decided. Make her run forward. See if Martinez could pass her on low, skidding balls up near the net. Martinez couldn't. And so Martinez, the No. 2 seed in the $800,000 Advanta Championships and a champion in Philadelphia two years ago, broke a toenail with all that running forward.
August 19, 1995 |
Looking vulnerable for the first time, Monica Seles continued her comeback to tournament tennis after nearly 2 1/2 years last night, reaching the semifinals of the Canadian Open in Toronto with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 7 Anke Huber. After two easy victories against Kimberly Po and Nathalie Tauziat, Seles ran into some problems with Huber, her first top 10 opponent. "I had to work for every point," Seles said. She was broken twice at the start of the match, her first service breaks of the tournament.
August 29, 1990 |
Most of the ball boys and ball girls were older than Jennifer Capriati and Anke Huber, the two giggly teenagers who could still be playing junior tennis but instead did battle in last night's featured match on the Louis Armstrong Stadium court at the U.S. Open. Capriati, a 14-year-old with a 33-8 professional record and a No. 13 seeding in her first Open, righted herself after a shaky spell and beat the 15-year-old Huber, 7-5, 7-5. Perhaps both youngsters will live up to the high expectations they have prompted with their precocious play.
November 14, 1994 |
The ball was always deep into the corners, dusting the edges of the lines. And Anke Huber always grunted, a deep sound from her toes at the beginning that turned into a mousy squeak by the time her racket swung through the ball. For 2 hours, 8 minutes, Huber was the metronome. Rhythmic grunt. The twang of her racket hitting the ball, pushing Mary Pierce to the edge of the court and the edge of rage. Pierce fell behind by 6-0, 2-0 and swore and threw her rackets. Then there was the comeback, and the 4-0 deficit in the third set. And always there was Huber at the baseline, grunting, twanging, dusting the lines.
September 4, 1999 |
Time to kiss and make up. A day after serving verbal volleys at one another, Martina Hingis and the Williams family are engaging in a great big lovefest. At the postmatch press conference following yesterday's 6-3, 6-1 victory over Sandra Kloesel to advance to the round of 16, Hingis presented Richard Williams with the autographed jersey she said he's wanted for months. A kiss, a hug, a photo-op and everything is all better. "This is perfect timing," Hingis said, recognizing a good public relations opportunity when she sees one. "People make a big deal out of nothing and we have a great relationship, basically.