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samsam4087
Sep 12th, 2009, 05:13 AM
History of a Legend


Martina Navratilova was born on October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Stifled by an oppressive communist system that controlled the Czech Tennis Federation, Navratilova emigrated to the United States in 1975 to pursue her tennis career in an atmosphere of freedom. She had already won her first professional singles title a year earlier in Florida and by the time she left Czechoslovakia, everyone saw that it would only be a matter of years, if not months, before she would become a force to be reckoned with on the courts. And how right they were. By the end of the 70s, Navratilova had already cemented her place in tennis history, crowned the WTA Tour Player of the Year twice, acquiring her first two Wimbledon singles championships, and attaining her first (of many) number one rankings.

But Martina Navratilova had only started. By the early 1980s, Martina was without exception the most dominant player in tennis. In ‘81, she won the Australian Open while 1982 saw her take both the singles and doubles championships at Wimbledon and the French Open. And while she dropped a match in the fourth round of the 1983 French Open, she went on to claim the other three Grand Slam titles that year, bringing her record for 1983 to a remarkable 86-1, a year-long winning percentage that has never been matched. 1984 saw her extend her record to six Grand Slam singles titles in a row before her 74 game winning streak was snapped in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Navratilova’s success continued through the decade as she reached the semi-finals in all 11 Grand Slams held in the years 1985 – 1987 and in 1990 she hoisted the Wimbledon dish one last time, bringing her to an all-time record of 9 Wimbledon singles titles.

Navratilova continued to win in both singles and doubles through the early 90s and after a brief retirement, returned to the tour to play doubles. She was named one of Sports Illustrated’s “Top 40 Athletes of All-time” for her overall contributions to the world of athletics, and in 2000 she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In 2003, she won the mixed-doubles titles at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, making her the oldest player to win a Grand Slam title and also giving her a Grand Slam “boxed set” (winning all four Grand Slams playing singles, doubles, and mixed doubles). Navratilova continued to win right up to her final tour match, where she, along with partner Bob Bryan, walked away as the U.S. Open mixed doubles champions, giving Navratilova her 59th Grand Slam title and a place in tennis history.

Martina Navratilova may have retired from the professional tour but that does not mean she has even thought about slowing down. Navratilova currently resides in Aspen, Colorado and Nokomis, Florida but spends most of her time traveling the world, speaking at different events, playing in numerous exhibition matches, and tirelessly promoting all of the issues that are close to her heart.




INTERESTING FACTS

Ranked No. 1 in the world for seven years

Won 18 singles and 41 doubles Grand Slam titles

Holds 167 singles titles, more than any other player, male or female and 178 doubles titles

Holds a record nine Wimbledon singles championships

Has won more singles matches than anyone in tennis history with a 1,440-213 win-loss record

Won singles and doubles titles at the same event a record 84 times

In 1984, set the record for the longest consecutive match win streak at 74

Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000

#19 on ESPN's list of 100 Greatest Athletes of the Century

Won Australian Open Mixed Doubles title in 2003, the only Grand Slam title that had eluded her during her career, and became the oldest player ever to win a Grand Slam event and only the second player ever to have won all grand slam titles.

Won 2003 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title, tying Billie Jean King's record 20 Wimbledon titles

Won 20 grand slam doubles titles with Pam Shriver, tying Louise Brough and Doris Hart

Also with Pam has a record 110 match win streak spanning over a two year period

Won seven WTA Tour doubles titles in 2003, beating women less than half her age, and becoming the oldest woman to ever win a WTA event

In addition to tennis, Martina enjoys ice hockey, mountain biking, scuba diving, skiing, snow boarding, basketball, golf, and horseback riding and doing anything involving a ball

Finished her professional career with a final Grand Slam title at the 2006 US Open winning the Mixed Doubles with Bob Bryan

Supports numerous non-profit organizations and charities, including environmental organizations, animal rights, under-privileged children and gay rights

tennislover
Sep 12th, 2009, 05:19 AM
great!!! thank you for posting!
:cool::cool::cool:
:hearts::hearts::hearts:

Sam L
Sep 12th, 2009, 10:23 AM
Martina actually has the record for the longest consecutive grand slam matches won: 45. This was obviously her streak from 1983-84.

I've always thought that that's the most impressive record she holds and really puts to rest all those stupid arguments over whether her 6 slam streak was really The Grand Slam or not.

She was the 45 match winning streak, something Graf doesn't have because she never won 6 consecutive slams, and something Court and Connolly don't have because they played in slams with more byes (had to win fewer matches to win their slams).

Interesting thread. I've always loved her charity work. She's also a vegetarian.

samsam4087
Sep 13th, 2009, 02:12 AM
Martina actually has the record for the longest consecutive grand slam matches won: 45. This was obviously her streak from 1983-84.

I've always thought that that's the most impressive record she holds and really puts to rest all those stupid arguments over whether her 6 slam streak was really The Grand Slam or not.

She was the 45 match winning streak, something Graf doesn't have because she never won 6 consecutive slams, and something Court and Connolly don't have because they played in slams with more byes (had to win fewer matches to win their slams).

Interesting thread. I've always loved her charity work. She's also a vegetarian.


Martina is great.

:worship::worship::worship:

BournemouthBoy
Sep 13th, 2009, 02:28 AM
thought this thread was gonna be about Greg Rudeski

samsam4087
Nov 11th, 2009, 06:11 AM
Martina Navratilova is the greatest woman tennis player of all time.

Pasta-Na
Nov 11th, 2009, 06:12 AM
has she peaked yet, samsam? :shrug:

Pat Bateman
Nov 11th, 2009, 09:36 AM
Great thread!:worship:
A bit of an update on the bio: Martina is living in Paris these days.

Vyacheslavovna
Nov 11th, 2009, 04:14 PM
INTERESTING FACTS

Holds 167 singles titles, more than any other player, male or female

C'est incroyable - that's almost winning ten tournaments a year for 17 straight years :worship:

LDVTennis
Nov 11th, 2009, 04:40 PM
You left out this telling fact.

Winning Strike Rate at the Majors:

Court: 42% of majors entered

Graf: 41% (despite playing her first 2 majors at the age of 13)

Evert: 32% (played first major at age 16)




Martina: 27% (played first major at age 16)

thrust
Nov 11th, 2009, 06:02 PM
You left out this telling fact.

Winning Strike Rate at the Majors:

Court: 42% of majors entered

Evert: 42% (played first major at age 16)

Graf: 41% (despite playing her first 2 majors at the age of 13)




Martina: 33% (played her first major at age 16)

Martina was a late bloomer, plus the fact that she emigrated from her communist homeland which muust have caused serious trauma for a teenager. Also, she played Slams at a more advanced age than Evert and Graf.

miffedmax
Nov 11th, 2009, 06:07 PM
Court and Evert also benefited from playing in AO and FO fields that, quite frankly, Dementieva could have won. Without bangs.

I was thinking about avoiding the whole Graf/Seles minefield, but there's no avoiding it.

LDVTennis
Nov 11th, 2009, 06:10 PM
Martina was a late bloomer, plus the fact that she emigrated from her communist homeland which muust have caused serious trauma for a teenager. Also, she played Slams at a more advanced age than Evert and Graf.

One can come up with excuses for everything. Graf played more majors than Chris and Martina before the age of 16. Martina and Chris played more majors than Graf after the age of 30. Fact is the numbers are what they are!

Something more. There's no greatest ever when it comes to strike rate because of the various circumstances. What one would expect, however, is some proximity in the numbers among all four contenders for the "greatest ever" title. If Martina's stike rate was 40%, that wouldn't make her any less of a contender. But, 33%? That really stands out when you compare her to the three others who are all within one point of each other, regardless of their circumstances.

Olórin
Nov 11th, 2009, 06:16 PM
You left out this telling fact.

Winning Strike Rate at the Majors:

Court: 42% of majors entered

Evert: 42% (played first major at age 16)

Graf: 41% (despite playing her first 2 majors at the age of 13)




Martina: 33% (played her first major at age 16)

Would you like to elucidate what is so telling about that stat?

A 1/3 strike rate in major wins is excellent and should be added to the original list of accomplishments.

spencercarlos
Nov 11th, 2009, 06:31 PM
One can come up with excuses for everything. Graf played more majors than Chris and Martina before the age of 16. Martina and Chris played more majors than Graf after the age of 30. Fact is the numbers are what they are!

Something more. There's no greatest ever when it comes to strike rate because of the various circumstances. What one expect, however, is some proximity in the numbers among all four contenders for the "greatest ever" title. If Martina's stike rate was 40%, that wouldn't make her any less of a contender. But, 33%? That really stands out when you compare her to the three others who are all within one point of each other, regardless of their circumstances.
Would be nice to have the total # of slams played by each player.

miffedmax
Nov 11th, 2009, 07:03 PM
One can come up with excuses for everything. Graf played more majors than Chris and Martina before the age of 16. Martina and Chris played more majors than Graf after the age of 30. Fact is the numbers are what they are!

Something more. There's no greatest ever when it comes to strike rate because of the various circumstances. What one would expect, however, is some proximity in the numbers among all four contenders for the "greatest ever" title. If Martina's stike rate was 40%, that wouldn't make her any less of a contender. But, 33%? That really stands out when you compare her to the three others who are all within one point of each other, regardless of their circumstances.

As anyone who's read more than two of your posts is well aware.

Meanwhile, on the more interesting topic of Lena's bangs...

nat75
Nov 11th, 2009, 07:12 PM
Great thread!:worship:
A bit of an update on the bio: Martina is living in Paris these days.

And she has a hot girlfriend.

thrust
Nov 11th, 2009, 07:13 PM
One can come up with excuses for everything. Graf played more majors than Chris and Martina before the age of 16. Martina and Chris played more majors than Graf after the age of 30. Fact is the numbers are what they are!

Something more. There's no greatest ever when it comes to strike rate because of the various circumstances. What one would expect, however, is some proximity in the numbers among all four contenders for the "greatest ever" title. If Martina's stike rate was 40%, that wouldn't make her any less of a contender. But, 33%? That really stands out when you compare her to the three others who are all within one point of each other, regardless of their circumstances.

The fact is thant once she reached her peak, Nav dominated Chris and held her own against Graf. Court> Navratilova> Graf> Evert

LDVTennis
Nov 11th, 2009, 07:51 PM
Would be nice to have the total # of slams played by each player.

The previous numbers were based on something I read. I should have checked them myself. I will correct my first post to reflect that.

Here are my own calculations and the raw numbers. I do not have an accurate count for Margaret Court. So, I am going to have to assume for the moment that the number I provided initially is correct. I will represent these numbers in two ways, an actual and a normalized number. I will explain the normalized number below.

Actual:

Chris: 18 of 56 majors for a 32% strike rate

Martina N.: 18 of 67 for a 27% strike rate (Ouch, even worse!)

Steffi Graf: 22 of 54 for a 41% strike rate (The Best!)

Monica: 9 of 40 for a 23% strike rate

Serena: 11 of 40 for a 28% strike rate (better than Martina N.)


Normalized. I wanted to see how each compared within the same timeframe, from age 16 to age 30.

Chris: 17 of 44 majors for a 39% strike rate

Martina N.: 17 of 48 for a 35% strike rate (better but not the best)

Steffi Graf: 22 of 47 for a 47% strike rate (Again, the BEST!)

Monica: 9 of 37 for a 24% strike rate

Serena: from 11 of 48 for a 23% strike rate to 19 of 48 for a 40% strike rate (Serena won't turn 31 until after the 2011 US Open. Still, she has a chance to have a better strike rate than Martina.)

LDVTennis
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:08 PM
The fact is thant once she reached her peak, Nav dominated Chris and held her own against Graf. Court> Navratilova> Graf> Evert

Navratilova dominated Chris when Chris was already past her peak. Read this http://www.chrisevert.net/flink.html, specifically the answer to Question#6.

Navratilova did not reach her peak until she was 25 to 26.

Navratilova never held her own against a peak Graf. Graf had two peak periods: the first from 1988 to 1989, when she was 18 to 20, and the second and much higher peak in 1996, when she was 26 to 27. Graf herself has said that 1996 was her peak.

The head to head record between Graf and Navratilova during these periods:

From 1988 to 1989: 4-0 for Graf

From 1996 to 1996: Did Not Play

hingis-seles
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:08 PM
The previous numbers were based on something I read. I should have checked them myself. I will correct my first post to reflect that.

Here are my own calculations and the raw numbers. I do not have an accurate count for Margaret Court. So, I am going to have to assume for the moment that the number I provided initially is correct. I will represent these numbers in two ways, an actual and a normalized number. I will explain the normalized number below.

Actual:

Chris: 18 of 56 majors for a 32% strike rate

Martina N.: 18 of 67 for a 27% strike rate (Ouch, even worse!)

Steffi Graf: 22 of 54 for a 41% strike rate (The Best!)

Monica: 9 of 40 for a 23% strike rate

Serena: 11 of 40 for a 28% strike rate (better than Martina N.)


Normalized. I wanted to see how each compared within the same timeframe, from age 16 to age 30.

Chris: 17 of 44 majors for a 39% strike rate

Martina N.: 17 of 48 for a 35% strike rate (better but not the best)

Steffi Graf: 22 of 47 for a 47% strike rate (Again, the BEST!)

Monica: 9 of 37 for a 24% strike rate

Serena: from 11 of 48 for a 23% strike rate to 19 of 48 for a 40% strike rate (Serena won't turn 31 until after the 2011 US Open. Still, she has a chance to have a better strike rate than Martina.)

From age 15 to 19:

Monica Seles: 8 of 14 for a 57% strike rate. :hearts:

Simply the best. :worship:

LDVTennis
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:21 PM
As anyone who's read more than two of your posts is well aware.

Meanwhile, on the more interesting topic of Lena's bangs...

Seems like I have a fan. Sorry, I can't say that I've read one of your posts before this. It does seem like you have posted 13,592 times since August 2004 for a post rate of 7.12 posts per day. Perhaps, you are not trying hard enough to be noticed! --- :lol:

Miss Atomic Bomb
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:23 PM
Seems like I have a fan. Sorry, I can't say that I've read one of your posts before this. It does seem like you have posted 13,592 times since August 2004 for a post rate of 7.12 posts per day. Perhaps, you are not trying hard enough to be noticed! --- :lol:

He has a following on this forum :speakles:

hingis-seles
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:25 PM
Perhaps, you are not trying hard enough to be noticed! --- :lol:

Apparently, the delusion isn't limited to defending Steffi Graf! :eek:

LDVTennis
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:26 PM
[QUOTE=hingis-seles;16803138]From age 15 to 19:

Monica Seles: 8 of 14 for a 57% strike rate. :hearts:

Simply the best.[/QUOTE

As if the universe were as simple as you make it out to seem. Keep studying. You might figure it out one day. Hint: You won't get there by reading Monica's book --- :lol:

hingis-seles
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:29 PM
[quote=hingis-seles;16803138]From age 15 to 19:

Monica Seles: 8 of 14 for a 57% strike rate. :hearts:

Simply the best.[/QUOTE

As if the universe were as simple as you make it out to seem. Keep studying. You might figure it out one day. Hint: You won't get there by reading Monica's book --- :lol:

Don't get your panties in a twist. It's just a stat. Numbers don't lie and neither do panties.

LDVTennis
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:32 PM
[quote=LDVTennis;16803207]

Don't get your panties in a twist. It's just a stat. Numbers don't lie and neither do panties.

Where exactly are you a grad student? That might explain it!

LDVTennis
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:35 PM
He has a following on this forum :speakles:

So, what's you excuse? 14,238 posts since April 2008 for a post rate of 24.97 posts per day. Numbers never lie. --- :lol:

Olórin
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:49 PM
I do not have an accurate count for Margaret Court.


I can help you out there. Court won 24/47 slams she played. 51% succeess rate = THE BEST!

Olórin
Nov 11th, 2009, 08:50 PM
Numbers never lie. --- :lol:

The ones you posted on the first page did. Oops you did it again....

pov
Nov 11th, 2009, 10:10 PM
Dear LDVTennis,
What you are doing in this thread is a prime example of the inane, ugly, wtf side of this forum. Even if your stats are correct and your points valid it makes no difference. The thread is titled "The History of a Legend" and it was about Navratilova. It isn't titled "Who's the GOAT" Yets you still felt the need to use it as a place to advocate for your views on Graf, etc. Chill, let the peeps who want to cheer Navratilova do so without your sad attempts to play spoiler.

miffedmax
Nov 11th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Seems like I have a fan. Sorry, I can't say that I've read one of your posts before this. It does seem like you have posted 13,592 times since August 2004 for a post rate of 7.12 posts per day. Perhaps, you are not trying hard enough to be noticed! --- :lol:

You're very consistent. Given accurate statistics, you still manage to arrive at two incorrect conclusions.

Now I think I'll go rant about Lena's bangs in a thread that actually has a point. No offense to samsam, who is of course a legend. :worship:

Pat Bateman
Nov 12th, 2009, 07:17 AM
Apparently, the delusion isn't limited to defending Steffi Graf! :eek:

:worship::worship::worship:
But let's not feed the sad little troll any further

Pat Bateman
Nov 12th, 2009, 07:20 AM
And she has a hot girlfriend.

Yes, indeed:yeah::yeah: Martina's girl is smokin' hot :lick:

samsam4087
Nov 12th, 2009, 07:41 AM
Yes, indeed:yeah::yeah: Martina's girl is smokin' hot :lick:

http://newsnbuzz.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache/aec80_mn1.jpg

irinska
Nov 13th, 2009, 12:15 PM
The numburs can lie. Martina took part in many GS events when she was over 30 just because she loves playing tennis not to win them, espacially after her second "come back".
This is something Graf would never do , the win was everything for her I suspect she 's the same as Andre, they both hate tennis. She just is not going to publish it.

Philbo
Nov 13th, 2009, 02:56 PM
[quote=hingis-seles;16803223]

Where exactly are you a grad student? That might explain it!

Same shit, different day from our resident PHD LDV Tennis. Oh so lonely in his isolated tower of superior intellect.

Does make one wonder why such a genius bothers spending all his waking moments trying in vain to prove that Steffi is the GOAT.... Very pathetic indeed, but amusing nevertheless...

Go out and get a root LDV.

volta
Nov 13th, 2009, 07:00 PM
Apparently, the delusion isn't limited to defending Steffi Graf! :eek:

:haha:

You're very consistent. Given accurate statistics, you still manage to arrive at two incorrect conclusions.

Now I think I'll go rant about Lena's bangs in a thread that actually has a point. No offense to samsam, who is of course a legend. :worship:

:haha:

Alex03Maccy
Nov 13th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Wow.