Seles expected to play here tonight despite shoulder woes Physical therapist has been helping world's No. 2 player

November 26, 1996|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

World No. 2 women's player Monica Seles has reconfirmed her intention to play in tonight's 11th annual Signet Bank Tennis Challenge at the Baltimore Arena despite shoulder problems.

Seles, who was forced to default because of shoulder distress during the year-ending Chase Championships in New York last week, returned to Florida on Thursday and has been working with her physical therapist.

"She feels she will be able to compete here," said Robin Serody, the tournament director. "I have the utmost confidence in Monica as a professional, and know that she would not still be coming here if she didn't feel she could compete and give the fans a great show."

Seles will play No. 11 Mary Joe Fernandez in the feature match. Fernandez comes in off a wonderful performance at the Chase Championships, where she and Lindsay Davenport won the doubles title.

The evening begins at 7 o'clock with a Legends match between Pam Shriver and Marty Riessen and Andrea Jaeger and John Lloyd. The feature match will follow, and the night will conclude with a celebrity mixed doubles match between Seles and Oriole Roberto Alomar and Fernandez and Oriole Brady Anderson.

Challenge officials say tickets have been going so well, this event is shaping up as one of the best in several years. The Tennis Challenge benefits the Baltimore Community Foundation and children's charities.

Pub Date: 11/26/96

Signet Challenge

When: Tonight, 7

Where: Baltimore Arena

Tickets: A limited number remain in all price ranges and may be obtained by calling (410) 481-SEAT, TicketMaster or by visiting the Arena box office.

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