NEW YORK -- Before it truly does become an obsession, Stefan Edberg and Monica Seles would like to add one more credential to their portfolios.
Edberg owns six Grand Slam crowns and Seles has won that many in the last two years alone. But each is missing an important jewel that would complement what already have been extraordinary careers.
For now, the two have good reason to be content. Each completed a successful defense of the singles titles at the U.S. Open this past weekend, and each is ranked No. 1 in the world.
Come the new year, though, it is obvious where they will focus their attention. Edberg will be pointing his rackets toward Paris, while Seles will be thinking Wimbledon.
Edberg, an aggressive serve-and-volley player, has been frustrated on the red clay of Roland Garros, making it past the quarterfinals only once in nine years. He reached the final in 1989, losing a memorable five-setter to Michael Chang.
'I'm aiming at my seventh Grand Slam, and I'm happy at any one I can win,' the 26-year-old Swede said Sunday after beating Pete Sampras 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2. 'But if I could choose, Paris is the one I want.'
The situation isn't as dire for Seles since she is only 18 and has visited Wimbledon three times. She passed up Wimbledon in 1991, a controversial decision that caused her a lot of grief, and was runner-up this year to Steffi Graf, the only Grand Slam final she has lost in eight attempts.
Except for Wimbledon, Seles has won every Grand Slam during the past two years. She breezed through the Open without dropping a set, beating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 6-3, in Saturday's final. Only once did Seles concede as many as five games in the 14 sets she played, and while Edberg was on court for 22 hours, 22 minutes, she needed little more than seven hours to secure the $500,000 top prize.
'Wimbledon is extra special,' Seles said, turning her attention to her primary goal for 1993. 'I would love to play some great tennis there. This year it definitely helped getting into the finals, but I think when I got to the finals I made the occasion too big. I just thought 'whoosh,' and I shouldn't have. So I learned a lesson from it.
'But I would not like to do that to myself because it is like Lendl (referring to Ivan Lendl, who never won Wimbledon), I think it is almost like an obsession. It is a tournament, and you've got to put it in perspective. That's why I don't want any tournament to be something that I definitely got to do. If it happens, it was meant to happen; if it doesn't, I am happy.'
Edberg, loser of merely two sets en route to the 1991 Open crown, played three consecutive five-setters leading to the final. But he said he still felt strong Sunday, although he was playing for the fourth successive day.
Sampras also was at a physical handicap, having suffered severe stomach cramps the previous night during his semifinal victory over Jim Courier.
'I really earned it this year because I worked very hard and had some unbelievably tough matches,' said Edberg, who reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking from Courier as a result of the victory. 'But I think that helped me a lot today. Mentally I was feeling very strong, the strongest I felt all week.
'The important thing was defending my title, that's what I was here for. Becoming No. 1 again, that is a nice present for me. It's nice to be back there, but now I have to stay up there. I need to really play very well the rest of the year.'