Seles to play event first since father's death

French Open

May 24, 1998|By SUN-SENTINEL, SOUTH FLORIDA

PARIS -- Monica Seles, whose father, Karolj, died of cancer May 14, has alerted the Corel WTA Tour by fax that she intends to play in the French Open, which will begin tomorrow.

Seeded sixth, Seles will play Annabel Ellwood of Australia in the first round and probably seek a Tuesday start.

Seles, who won the French Open in 1990, 1991 and 1992, has played only 12 matches this year, winning eight.

At her father's urging, she played the Italian Open on May 4-10, where she defeated Silvia Farina and lost in the second round to Sandrine Testud. She then returned to Sarasota, Fla., where she had been with her father as his condition worsened. Seles hasn't played since.

Seles won the French Open from 1990 to 1992.

Pub Date: 5/24/98

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