Apr 7th, 2004, 12:59 AM
My work PC cant load the BL Champs website, is the press oncfrerence of Martina's on the site?
if anyone could post it here I would really appreciate it!! :)
Apr 7th, 2004, 01:54 AM
Phil, I don't think they post the interviews on the tournament website. For now, we have some quotes from this 'Associated Press' article.
Navratilova loses in singles comeback
April 6, 2004
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) -- Martina Navratilova lost her first singles appearance in the United States in more than 10 years, falling to Milagros Sequera 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday at the Bausch & Lomb Championships.
The 47-year-old Navratilova, impressive in the first set, lost the last four games of the second, and lost her serve twice to fall behind 3-0 in the third. She rallied to 3-2 down, but was broken again in the seventh game.
``I lost it mentally,'' Navratilova said. ``I was in and out the last two sets.''
Afterward, she received a standing ovation.
``It was sweet,'' Navratilova said. ``The people were obviously excited. It was great to be out there.''
Sequera was a last minute replacement for Kristina Brandi of Puerto Rico, who withdrew because of a left foot injury.
``She's a legend,'' Sequera said of Navratilova. ``I was a bit intimidated to play her.''
Navratilova, the winner of 18 singles and 31 doubles Grand Slam events, took this event three times during the 1980s -- including the tournament's first title 25 years ago. She accepted a wild-card entry to help her doubles game, and to inspire others.
She came pleased by her performance, especially her serve. It was consistently in the 90s and topped 100 mph a handful of times.
``I did it without even trying to go for the big bomb,'' she said.
She had not played singles in this country since 1994. She played in Eastbourne, England, two years ago, but that was only because she lost a bet with her trainer. Navratilova defeated Tatiana Panova in one of two matches to become the oldest player to win a WTA Tour singles match (45 years, eight months).
Apr 7th, 2004, 02:03 AM
Thansk Zummi, had seen that :)