William Stevenson
July 12, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Monica: From Fear to Victory

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Monica Seles, Nancy Ann Richardson
genre
Memoir

We gave it a B+

The crazed Steffi Graf fan who stabbed Monica Seles on court in Hamburg, Germany, in April 1993 not only sidelined the No. 1 tennis player for two and a half years, he also rewrote tennis history. Graf, relieved of her toughest rival, racked up six Grand Slam titles while Seles nursed her physical and psychological scars. The Yugoslavian-American Seles tells her story awkwardly, despite the help of collaborator Nancy Ann Richardson; Monica: From Fear to Victory jumps back and forth in time and ends abruptly. But with subtle jabs at Graf, and whacks at the press and the German courts (which let her assailant off with a suspended sentence and probation), Seles — the winner of this year’s Australian Open — serves notice that her fighting spirit remains every bit as intact as her blistering ground strokes. B+

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