Navratilova to play in Wimbledon singles

LONDON, June 11 (UPI) -- Martina Navratilova, 47, who first played at Wimbledon 31 years ago and won nine singles titles, will compete in singles this year as a wild card entry.

Federer wins easily; Serena, Venus advance

PARIS, May 25 (UPI) -- Top-seed Roger Federer of Switzerland easily won his first-round match in the French Open Tuesday, defeating Kristof Vliegen of Belgium in 76 minutes.

Venus Williams leads U.S. Fed Cup team

PORTOROZ, Slovenia, April 23 (UPI) -- Venus Williams is healthy enough to represent the United States in the Fed Cup this weekend and she may be just enough to get her country into the second round.

Venus Williams advances to final

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 17 (UPI) -- Venus Williams defeated Croatian Jelena Kostanic, 6-4, 6-1, on Saturday to reach the final at the $1.3 million Family Circle Cup.

Navratilova, 47, named to Fed Cup team

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- Serena and Venus Williams, 47-year-old Martina Navratilova and Lisa Raymond were named Thursday to the United States Fed Cup tennis team.

Clijsters wants Indian Wells title again

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 9 (UPI) -- Kim Clijsters hopes to become the first successive tennis winner at Indian Wells since Martina Navratilova in 1990-1991.

Henin-Hardenne wins Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Justine Henin-Hardenne won the Australian Open for her third Grand Slam title Saturday, once again over longtime rival Kim Clijsters.

France wins second Fed Cup title

MOSCOW, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- France clinched its first Fed Cup title in six years when Amelie Mauresmo beat Meghann Shaughnessy, 6-2, 6-1, in the first of Sunday's singles matches.

U.S. advances to Fed Cup final

MOSCOW, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The United States posted a 4-1 victory over Belgium Thursday to advance to the final of Fed Cup.

Navratilova named to Fed Cup squad

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Former tennis great Martina Navratilova has been named to the United States team that will vie for the Federation Cup title in November.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2003 with 82 to follow.
By United Press International

Federer wins Wimbledon title

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- Roger Federer beat Australian Mark Philippoussis, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) at Wimbledon Sunday to become the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title.

Katharine Hepburn dies at 96

HARTFORD, Conn., June 29 (UPI) -- Katharine Hepburn, a strong, no-nonsense woman who emerged as a movie star in an era when the most admired actresses were glamour goddesses, won great respect i

Rubin tops Martinez for Eastbourne title

EASTBOURNE, England, June 21 (UPI) -- American Chanda Rubin beat former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez of Spain Saturday to defend the Hastings Direct International Championships.

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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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