Born: 18 October 1956
Birthplace: Prague Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
Best Known As: Nine-time Wimbledon singles champion
The dominant women's tennis player of her time, Martina Navratilova won every grand slam singles title at least twice: Wimbledon (a record nine times), the Australian Open (three), the French Open (two) and the U.S. Open (four). Left-handed, sinewy and athletic, she helped bring a new era of power into the traditionally more finesse-minded women's game. Her many matches with former world #1 Chris Evert were particularly famous. Navratilova retired from professional tennis in 1994, but in 2000 returned to occasional action in mixed doubles. By winning the mixed doubles title at the 2003 Australian Open (with Leander Paes of India) she became the first player since Margaret Court to win the singles, doubles and mixed doubles at all four grand slam tournaments.
Navratilova and Paes won mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2003, giving her a total of 20 Wimbledon titles... The same win gave her 58 total career grand slam titles, second only to Court's 62... At age 46 years and eight months, Navratilova also became the oldest player of either sex ever to win a grand slam title... Navratilova won 167 singles titles during her professional career.
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