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Serena Williams is WTA Player of the Year

Serena Williams is WTA Player of the Year

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Serena Williams, who won seven titles in 13 tournaments in 2012, has been voted WTA Player of the Year.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
By United Press International
Errani, Vinci win French Open doubles

Errani, Vinci win French Open doubles

PARIS, June 8 (UPI) -- Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci claimed a straight-set victory in the French Open women's double final over Russians Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova.
Sharapova, Errani in French Open final

Sharapova, Errani in French Open final

PARIS, June 8 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova can join some of the most storied names in women's tennis with a French Open win.
Navratilova eliminated from 'DWTS'

Navratilova eliminated from 'DWTS'

LOS ANGELES, March 28 (UPI) -- U.S. tennis great Martina Navratilova and her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani were the first couple axed from Season 14 of "Dancing with the Stars."
Shepherd, Wagner going 'Dancing'

Shepherd, Wagner going 'Dancing'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Gladys Knight, Sherri Shepherd, Melissa Gilbert, Jaleel White and Jack Wagner are to compete on Season 14 of "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles, ABC said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011.
By United Press International
Czechs, Slovaks in Fed Cup battle

Czechs, Slovaks in Fed Cup battle

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Czech Republic and Slovakia, once part of the same country, will meet in the quarterfinals of the Fed Cup this weekend.

Navratilova may have avoided hospital

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Prior acclimatization to higher altitudes can prevent acute mountain sickness, which recently struck tennis icon Martina Navratilova, Scottish researchers say.
Navratilova hospitalized during climb

Navratilova hospitalized during climb

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Martina Navratilova, a winner of 18 major singles titles, was hospitalized Friday after becoming ill while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer

Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer

NEW YORK, April 7 (UPI) -- Retired pro tennis star Martina Navratilova revealed Wednesday on U.S. television she has breast cancer and expects to beat it.

Atlantic Eye: Czech and American heroes

HOUSTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Former President George H.W. Bush entered the room from the right front of the stage, with former first lady Barbara Bush close behind. "Do I know you?" she said to me with a Cheshire cat grin as she walked by and sat within earshot and kitty-corner at the neighboring table. "We met in Prague some years ago, ma'am," I said. "Beautiful," she said. "We'll have to talk." And she sat down. It was the gala of the American Friends of the Czech Republic at Houston's venerable J.W. Marriott hotel last week.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Navaratilova regains Czech nationality

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, March 11 (UPI) -- Former tennis star Martina Navratilova, who defected to the United States during the Cold War, said she has regained Czech nationality.

U.S.-Germany Fed Cup site chosen

LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The United States and Germany are set to play their 2008 Fed Cup quarterfinal at La Jolla, Calif.

'Sunshine,' 'Betty' win GLAAD awards

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Ugly Betty" were among the winners as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation presented its annual awards in Los Angeles.
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Martina Navratilova
Martina Navratilova laughs as she competes in a semifinals doubles match at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C. on Saturday, April 17, 2004. (UPI Photo/Nell Redmond)
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Martina Navratilova (born October 18, 1956) is a Czech American and former Czechoslovak tennis player and a former World No. 1. Billie Jean King said about Navratilova in 2006, "She's the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived."

Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She reached the Wimbledon singles final 12 times, including 9 consecutive years from 1982 through 1990, and won the women's singles title at Wimbledon a record 9 times. She and King each won 20 Wimbledon titles, an all-time record. Navratilova is one of just three women to have accomplished a career Grand Slam in singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles (called the Grand Slam "boxed set") a record she shares with Margaret Court and Doris Hart. She holds the open era record for most singles titles (167) and doubles titles (177). She recorded the longest winning streak in the open era (74 consecutive matches) and three of the six longest winning streaks in the women's open era. Navratilova, Margaret Court, and Maureen Connolly share the record for the most consecutive Grand Slam singles titles (six). Navratilova reached 11 consecutive Grand Slam singles finals, second all-time to Steffi Graf's 13. In women's doubles, Navratilova and Pam Shriver won 109 consecutive matches and won all four Grand Slam titles in 1984. Also the pair set an all time record of 79 titles together and tied Louise Brough Clapp's and Margaret Osborne duPont's record of 20 Grand Slam women's doubles titles as a team. In addition she won the season ending WTA Tour Championships a record 8 times and made the finals a record 14 times. Navratilova is the only man or woman to have won 8 different tournaments at least 7 times.

Originally from Czechoslovakia, she was stripped of her citizenship when, in 1975 at the age of 18, she asked the United States for political asylum and was granted temporary residency. At the time, Navratilova was being told by the Czechoslovakian Sports Federation that she was becoming too Americanized and that she should go back to school and make tennis secondary. Navratilova became a US citizen in 1981, but on January 9, 2008, she had her Czech citizenship restored. She stated she has not renounced her American citizenship nor does she plan to do so and that the restoration of her Czech citizenship was not politically motivated.

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