Seles withdraws from Chase Championships with foot injury

STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT — A nagging foot injury has forced former world No. 1 Monica Seles to pull out of next week’s season-ending Chase Championships, the WTA Tour announced today.

Seles has been sidelined since late September with a stress fracture in her right foot. She was scheduled to compete at this week’s Advanta Championships in Philadelphia, but pulled out, fueling speculation she would not compete next week in New York.

Seles, 25, also missed a good part of the summer hardcourt season with a left forearm injury. Her only tournament win of the year came at Amelia Island, Florida in April. She reached the Australian Open and French Open semifinals and lost to eventual champion Serena Williams in the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Seles has 44 career titles, including nine Grand Slam championships. She won the season-ending tournament three straight years beginning in 1990 and lost to Steffi Graf in last year’s quarterfinals.