Seles targets Melbourne

MONICA SELES has ruled out making a comeback before next January’s Australian Open as she is still recovering from a stress fracture in her left foot.
Attending the US Open for a sponsor event today, Seles said she is still unable to run and practise and that her foot needs another two-and-a-half months to heal.

“Playing the Australian Open is my goal but if that doesn’t work out, I’ll probably return in Miami (in-mid March),” said the 29-year-old.

The nine-times grand slam champion, who has been out of action since losing in the first round of the French Open in May, added she is not planning to retire.

“I don’t want to go out this way,” she said.

But Seles is kicking herself for missing a chance to compete in this year’s US Open, which is without the injured Williams sisters for the first time since 1996.

“Have you seen this draw?” said Seles. “There’s not going to be another one like this for at least another five years.”