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This was the last title that Seles won before the attack in Hamburg, Germany.
On April 30 during a quarterfinal match with Magdalena Maleeva in Hamburg in which Seles was leading, Günter Parche, an obsessed fan of Steffi Graf, ran from the middle of the crowd to the edge of the court during a break between games and stabbed Seles with a boning knife between her shoulder blades, to a depth of 1.5 cm (0.59 inches). Although her physical injuries took only a few weeks to heal, she did not return to competitive tennis for more than two years.
; born December 2, 1973) is a Yugoslav-born American former world no.
1 professional tennis player and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
She also won the year-end Virginia Slims Championships for the second consecutive time, defeating Navratilova in four sets. She also reached her first-ever final at Wimbledon, but lost to Graf.
At the end of season, Seles had won 10 out of the 16 tournaments she entered (reaching the final of every tournament that she entered that year). During Wimbledon, Seles encountered difficulty because of her habit of grunting or shrieking loudly when hitting shots.
Initially, there was speculation that the attack might have been politically motivated because Seles was from Yugoslavia.
She was known to have received death threats in relation to the ongoing conflict there.
During the third set of her semi-final match against Martina Navratilova, Navratilova also complained to the chair umpire about the grunting after Seles went up a break at 4-2.
A month later, Seles reached the semifinals of her first Grand Slam singles tournament at the French Open, losing to then-world no. Seles finished her first year on the tour ranked world no. After a slow start at the beginning of the season, Seles went on a 36-match winning streak and won 6 consecutive tournaments starting in Miami at the Lipton Player's Championships. Seles then won her first Grand Slam singles title at the 1990 French Open. 1 Steffi Graf in the final, Seles saved four set points in a first-set tiebreaker, which she won 8–6, and went on to take the match in straight sets.
In doing so, she became the youngest-ever French Open singles Champion at the age of 16 years, 6 months.
She played her last professional match at the 2003 French Open, but did not officially retire until February 2008.
Regarded by many in the sport as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Seles was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time. In 1985, at the age of 11, she won the Junior Orange Bowl tournament in Miami, Florida, catching the attention of tennis coach Nick Bollettieri.