Martina N./Billie Jean/Jennifer
I had some interesting thoughts about these 3 last night and interconnectivity. BJK just turned 60 during Fed Cup.
Fourteen years ago, in early 1989, MArtina sought Billie Jean's help with her floundering game. Billie Jean was 45, going on 46 at the time, and she told MN it would take a year for her to be able to win Wimbledon singles again, and she was right. At the time in 1989 they started working together, BJK was 6 years removed from the Wimbledon semifinals herslf, and there was no indication she would play pro tennis again.
In 2003, Martina Navaratilova, at ages 46 and 47, won several doubles titles, including 2 GS mixed doubles, and even made the finals of the US Open ladies doubles, and continues on for another year, with more titles likely! In 1989, no one would have expected BJK to return to pro-level competition, and at a younger age than Martina now is, winning!
Then again, in the spring of 1990, BJK did polay one more pro doubles match, losing in the first round of a tournament in Florida, one which was the professional debut of a precocious 13-yr old. And who was BJK's partner you ask...none other than her favorite Fed Cup "team player", 13-yr old Jennifer Capriati.
No real point here, just thinking that BJK seemed like an old lady in those days, and here is her "protege" MN winning events past the age BJK was then.