serena: queen of the garden?

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Chasing greatness: Seles was the last to play at the Garden.

Winter gardening: Believe it or not, Serena Williams has never played at Madison Square Garden. In fact, of the four players competing in this Monday’s Billie Jean King Cup in New York, only Venus has played at the mecca of all sports – and just once, in 1999.

The last time pro women swung tennis racquets at the Garden was in 2000, at the WTA’s Season Ending Championships. In that tournament, then-20-year-old Martina Hingis outgunned fan fave and Garden gal Monica Seles in three tight sets, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4. 

If Monica owned the Garden in the early 90s, Serena hopes to own it in 2009. Friday, during a conference call, the Australian Open champ was asked by NYT‘s George Vecsey what she felt about the MSG, and had this to say: 

“Growing up I’ve always watched tennis [being played at] Madison Square Garden. There was the WTA there [and] for as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to play there. It’s for a great event. I think women’s tennis right now is the mecca of female sports and to have an event like this put on … just shows how amazing women’s tennis is. These New Yorkers can get to see such high quality tennis for one night.”

The queen of the Garden will be crowned Monday on HBO, which is broadcasting the event live beginning at 730 EST. We’ll be there to cover it live.

(image via ALLSPORT)

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2 Responses to “serena: queen of the garden?”

  1. David MacCall Says:

    If anyone owned the Garden, it was Martina Navratilova…so much so, that when she retired in 1994, Garden owners.managers, raised a banner to her- the first and only female to get such an honor- it’s supposed to ahng at all tennis events…I’ll be checking to see if they lived up to this pledge. Martina won the year end championship there 9 times.

  2. msg: the arena, not the flavoring « tennis served fresh Says:

    [...] David mentioned the other day, Martina Navratilova owned the Garden through much of her career, and I’ll be [...]

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