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Navratilova makes triumphant return

EASTBOURNE, England, June 18 (UPI) -- Martina Navratilova, playing in her first singles match in nearly eight years, beat Tatiana Panova of Russia, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 Tuesday at the Britannic Asset Manag

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Sugiyama, Kremer victorious

EASTBOURNE, England, June 17 (UPI) -- Ai Sugiyama of Japan and Luxembourg's Anne Kremer were victorious in Monday's only singles matches at the Britannic Asset Management Championships.

Seles captures Madrid Open

MADRID, May 25 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Monica Seles posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Chanda Rubin Saturday to capture the $170,000 Madrid Open claycourt tennis tournament.

Seles reaches third round

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 7 (UPI) -- Seeded Americans Monica Seles and Meghann Shaughnessy rolled into the third round Thursday at the Pacific Life Open.

Venus, Monica advance to semifinals

PARIS, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Venus Williams and Monica Seles eased into the semifinals Friday at the $585,000 Open Gaz de France.

Seles, Dokic advance at Paris

PARIS, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Australian Jelena Dokic and

Capriati rallies to win Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Top seed Capriati saved four championship points Saturday as she rallied from a one-set, 0-4 hole to win her second straight Australian Open title with a 4-6, 7

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Shriver, Wilander in Tennis Hall of Fame

NEWPORT, R.I., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Pam Shriver, one of just five women to win more than 100 career titles, and Mats Wilander, who won seven Grand Slam singles titles, Wednesday were elected to th

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Capriati moves to No. 1

STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Jennifer Capriati offically moved to the top of the WTA's computer rankings on Monday.
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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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