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New death threat for tennis ace gets new death th.

Tennis star Monica Seles - haunted by a knife attack nearly three years ago - has been rocked by a death threat.

The 22-year-old was too terrified to play for more than two years after a crazed fan stabbed her on court.

Now it is feared this latest trauma may drive the joint world No.1 right out of the game.

An anonymous caller made the threat to the organisers of the Australian Open as Monica prepared for the women's singles final last weekend.

Officials didn't tell her, fearing the news would wreck her chances.

But security was stepped up and she went on to beat German Anke Huber.

News of the threat will be a huge blow to Yugoslav-born Monica.

She was stabbed in the back by demented German Gunther Parche in Hamburg in April, 1993.

Obsessed with Steffi Graf, he hoped to injure Monica so her German rival could become the world's No.1. Monica relived the knife attack constantly - her psychologist said she felt like "a bird imprisoned in a cage."

After her Australian triumph she broke down completely, and admitted: "It's hard to feel safe again,"

Monica pulled out of the Pan Pacific Open doubles in Tokyo last night, blaming injury.
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