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Martina N. enters singles

She's in! Good luck Martina

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Early Bausch & Lomb surprise: Navratilova enters singles

By CHET FUSSMAN
The Times-Union


The Bausch & Lomb Championships has added the winningest player in women's tennis history to its singles field.

In a move that surprised tournament officials, Martina Navratilova accepted a wild-card invitation Thursday night to play singles in the clay court event at Amelia Island.

The Bausch & Lomb Championships will be Navratilova's first singles appearance in the U.S. since she retired from singles play in 1994. Navratilova played singles one other time since then -- at a tournament in Eastbourne, England in 2002, after losing a bet with her trainer. Navratilova defeated Tatiana Panova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to become the oldest player to win a WTA Tour singles match (45 years, eight months).

Navratilova was scheduled to play doubles at Amelia Island, but her representative phoned tournament officials to say she wanted to enter singles, too, said tournament spokesman Sandy Kavanaugh.

Navratilova won the inaugural Bausch & Lomb (then called the Murjani WTA Championships) in 1980, defeating Hana Mandlikova in three sets. She also won the title in 1984 and 1988.

With 167 career singles titles, Navratilova, 47, is the winningest player in pro tennis history. After retiring from singles, she stayed active by playing doubles, and won seven doubles titles in 2003.

Navratilova will not have an easy road in her comeback attempt. The world's former No. 1 player will not be seeded in next week's event, which begins on Monday.
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Congrats Martina, make the most of it!!
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post #8 of 105 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 2004, 09:07 AM
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i expect her to beat a williams sister in the not to distant future, she has stated that she knowxs how to beat them so i think she should put her money where her mouth is.

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Good Luck Martina :d

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Hmm. Maybe ESPN will expand their coverage. (Yeah, fat chance.) Interesting choice, as clay would blunt one of Martina's main weapons for befuddling the current players; her slice. As it's clay, I would expect any of the DE players to beat her. Provided they don't choke.

But I'm sure all of those without byes will be crossing their fingers on draw day. ("Not me not me not me not me...")
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i expect her to beat a williams sister in the not to distant future, she has stated that she knowxs how to beat them so i think she should put her money where her mouth is.
woooow Martina knows how to beat them

the only way to beat them is:

being Clijsters, Henin, Mauresmo (,dementieva )
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It's nice for the WTA players championships tournament to have its first ever winner and the most proflific winner in WTA history back for the 25th anniversary tournament. I'm sure she'll lose in straight sets (and she's my #1 all time fave) but that seems almost beside the point. If she were to win a match, that would be fantastic. I'm just happy for her that she's having fun in this final year of full-time tourning and I'm sure that her presence will create added interest and discussion on women's tennis. Good on ya Martina!

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