Navratilova wins 176th doubles title

MONTREAL, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Martina Navratilova won the 176th doubles title of her career Monday at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Mauresmo, Henin-Hardenne reach final

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne were the winners Thursday in the women's semifinals at Wimbledon.

Navratilova to retire from doubles tennis

LONDON, July 5 (UPI) -- Women's tennis great Martina Navratilova has decided to retire after the 2006 season.

Anderson bares skin rather than wear skin

LONDON, June 29 (UPI) -- Pamela Anderson stripped to her panties at Stella McCartney's London Boutique to fundraise for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and to protest fur.

Conchita Martinez retires from tennis

VALENCIA, Spain, April 15 (UPI) -- Former Wimbledon women's champion Conchita Martinez of Spain announced her retirement Saturday.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2005 with 82 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Oct. 10, the 284th day of 2004 with 82 to follow.
By United Press International

Three enshrined into Tennis Hall of Fame

NEWPORT, R.I., July 11 (UPI) -- Germany's Steffi Graf and Sweden's Stefan Edberg, who combined for 28 Grand Slam wins, were enshrined Sunday in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Austria eliminates U.S. from Fed Cup

INNSBRUCK, Austria, July 11 (UPI) -- Austria eliminated the U.S.from the Fed Cup quarterfinals, 4-1, after sweeping Sunday's three matches.

U.S., Austria tied in Fed Cup quarters

INNSBRUCK, Austria, July 10 (UPI) -- Minus the big names, the United States managed a split Saturday in its Fed Cup quarterfinal match against host Austria.

Americans meet Austria in Fed Cup

INNSBRUCK, Austria, July 9 (UPI) -- The big names have begged off, but the United States is still favored in its Fed Cup quarterfinal against Austria this weekend.

U.S. Olympic tennis team named

WIMBLEDON, England, June 26 (UPI) -- Serena and Venus Williams, Andy Roddick and Martina Navratilova were among those chosen Saturday for the United States Olympic tennis team.

Venus Williams ousted at Wimbledon

LONDON, June 24 (UPI) -- Unseeded Karolina Sprem knocked two-time champion Venus Williams out of the Wimbledon Championships in the second round Thursday.

Rain halts Wimbledon play

LONDON, June 23 (UPI) -- Rain prevented play Wednesday in the Wimbledon Championships.

Navratilova cruises to easy win in opener

LONDON, June 21 (UPI) -- Forty-seven-year-old Martina Navratilova, playing in her first Wimbledon singles match in 10 years Monday, routed Catalina Castano of Colombia 6-0, 6-1.
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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)

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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