9-time Grand Slam champion is a spectator at Indian Wells

Tennis legend lives a quiet life out of the spotlight but still loves the sport

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9-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles was spotted at Indian Wells this week. She was spotted sitting near tournament director and former player Tommy Haas and watching Iga Swiatek defeat Marta Kostyuk in the semfinais.

Seles is 50 years old and remains one of the greatest players in women's tennis history. Her rivalry with Steffi Graf was the epitome of 90's tennis. She was a teenage sensation, winning half of the Grand Slams played between 1990-1993. Wimbledon was the only one that eluded her.

She will always be one of the greatest champions and one of the biggest "what if" players. If she was not stabbed by a fan in April 1993, she most likely would have won more Grand Slams.

Who are the female players making up the 2020's rivalry?

Like Chris and Martina and Monica and Steffi, women's tennis thrives on a rivalry between two top players contending for Grand Slams and frequently meeting in finals to determine the winner.

Ashleigh Barty would have been involved in that rivalry if she had not retired from the game. She was the No. 1 player in the world. The women's tennis world was shook by her retirement and the COVID-19 epidemic.

Iga Swiatek has emerged as the leader of women's tennis. Who is her rival? That is a tricky question because she has several. Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff, and Elena Rybakina are her rivals. You could argue that Jelena Ostapenko is her rival because Swiatek has difficulty playing her.

Tennis has changed from Seles's days, and for the fans' purposes, this era could be considered more entertaining. There are so many great athletes and top players that in any given match, a player can pull off an upset of a highly-ranked player. At Indian Wells, we have seen it with Emma Navarro's win over Aryna Sabalenka and Maria Sakkari's win over Coco Gauff.

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