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Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

Bhaskar News | Aug 10, 2013, 13:47PM IST
  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!
    New York: Year’s last Grand Slam, the US Open kickstarts on August 26, and the organisers have decided to induct one of event’s living legends, Monica Seles, into the tournament's Court of Champions before the women's final on September 8.
     
     
    Seles, who overcame am on-court attack  to make a successful return to Tennis, suffered from eating disorder during her career. Her binge eating made her look anything but an athlete. However, post retirement, the former world number one lost 37 pounds to come out fitter and lot beautiful.
     
     
    A winner of 9 Grand Slams, Seles won the US Open twice, and entered Tennis’ international Hall of Fame in 2009.
     
     
    Known for her two-tone grunts and two-handed swings, Seles spent 175 weeks at the top of WTA ratings, and won consecutive US Open titles in 1991 and 1992 before turning 20.
     
     
    Here's  a look at her glittering career and eventual victory over wiight issues:
     
  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!
    Yugoslavia born Monica turned pro in 1989, and won her first Grand Slam- French Open- within a year of turning pro. 
    Monica, then 16, defeated the legendary Steffi Graf in finals.
     
  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    Monica won the Australian Open in 1991.

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    In 1991, she also bagged the French and US Open titles.

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    In 1992, aged 18, she won all four Grand Slams.

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    She shared a legendary rivalry wih Steffi Graf, and the twp played a lot of memorable games agaisnt each other.

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    In 1993, she won another Australian Open. 

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    The same year, Seles was attacked by a deranged Graf fan during former's quarterfinal game against Bulgarian player Maggie Maleeva at Hamburg.

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    Though she recovered from her stab injury, the attack caused her eating disorde, causing her to go on compulsive binges. 

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    The eating disorder resulted in weight issues, which in turn began to affect her game. 

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    Monica came back strongly, winning the 1996 Australian Open, but weight concerns loomed large. 

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    Growing weight affected her looks and Tennis in equal measure.

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    The press didn't spare her either, with lot of magazines brazenly calling her ugly. 

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    Soon after, she quit Tennis after amassing a whopping Rs 91 cr from the game.

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    Tennis over, Monica trained her eyes on getting back to full fitness. 

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    A regular at award functions, Monica cuts a pretty figure now.

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    The press is back to praising her as well!

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    She has also participated in dance reality show, Dancing With The Stars.

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    Monica at an award function

  • Is that Monica Seles? Meet the tennis star after she lost 37 pounds!

    The picture says it all. With her sheer grit and determination to regain fitness, Monica Seles serves as an inspiration to many.