View Full Version : Navratilova/Zvereva conquer Madrid

May 25th, 2002, 05:13 PM
6-2, 6-3!

Great win right before Roland Garros. This will bring great confidence going into Paris and Wimbledon. Congrats, girls!

May 25th, 2002, 05:16 PM
That is so amazing for Martina to win a tourney at her age. Congrats. Very exciting!!!

May 25th, 2002, 05:23 PM
And Natasha is back as well :)

congrats to the Golden Oldies :)

May 25th, 2002, 05:24 PM
Congrats to them and Good Luck at Roland Garros ! :bounce:


May 25th, 2002, 05:29 PM
Oh come on! They are so obviously cheating, what with Martina being 17 years and change older than Monica, when we all know Monica is far too old to win anything.

May 25th, 2002, 05:46 PM
While I applaud the win by Martina and Zvereva. "conquer" is hardly the descriptive adjective I would use in this case....they just won over some lesser lights. Martina Navratilova was my fav player way back then, its great to see that she is fit enough to compete at this stage of her life...I know its just for the love of tennis that she's there...but I wish she would "gracefully" bow out...like the champion she is....This win today must surely be a welcome one but lets face it...whomever she has partnered with these last couple of years have produced very little results...so while I appreciate her efforts....it's time Martina, it's time!!:rolleyes:


May 25th, 2002, 05:47 PM
Woohoo! Go Natasha! Go Martina!

Thanks for the pic, good to see the sunglasses are back on!

May 25th, 2002, 05:49 PM
And barmaid - I don't think Martina could care less what you think. What I like most about her is the fact that she does exactly what she wants, when she wants to. I don't think she is discracing herself on the doubles tour, and in any case it's up to her - you don't have to watch her matches if you don't want to. Personally, I'd pay a lot to get tickets to see these two.

May 25th, 2002, 08:37 PM
Originally posted by saki
And barmaid - I don't think Martina could care less what you think. What I like most about her is the fact that she does exactly what she wants, when she wants to. I don't think she is discracing herself on the doubles tour, and in any case it's up to her - you don't have to watch her matches if you don't want to. Personally, I'd pay a lot to get tickets to see these two.

Well everybody is entitled to their opinion...speaking of tickets..I had the great privlege of seeing Martina playing an exhibition match against Chrissie Evert in my home town about 10 years ago I think...no, maybe late 1980's so a little more than that. Of course at that time their careers were winding down (at least Chrissie's was) Ha! but it was a magical moment for me to see these two legends playing together:D And you are right, if Martina is still enjoying the game why not? I just can't help but equate her to those old boxing champions who keep trying to come back!!:eek:


May 25th, 2002, 08:44 PM

May 25th, 2002, 09:59 PM
Thank you so much VivaSeles!!

May 25th, 2002, 10:12 PM
Well Done Girls!:D

Great Win:D

Lets hope they do well in future tournies:D

May 25th, 2002, 10:17 PM
WOW!!!! What a wonderful result!!!! I'm so happy for both of them!!! I love this!!!! I just got home from work and this makes my day!!! Martina is just amazing beyond words and I love that she and Natasha are playing together. I hope they do well at RG!!!! Good luck girls!!!!

May 25th, 2002, 10:22 PM
The way I look at it... Martina is out there doing what she enjoys. From the interviews I've seen of her since her return, she sounds like she's having a blast! :) She is 45 years old after all, the fact that she is still doing well in doubles is very impressive!!! :D

Cute trophies too, by the way. :)

auntie janie
May 25th, 2002, 10:30 PM
I always knew that Maritna was an amzing person, but I NEVER thought she'd still be adding to her trophy collection at age 45!!! :D :D :D

Congrats to Martina :hearts:, and to Natasha (how we missed you!!) :hearts:
Many, many older women like myself are greatly inspired by your feats! :cool: :cool:

May 25th, 2002, 10:43 PM
WOW! Congratulations to Natasha & Martina! I'd like to see them together for as long as they're happy playing the game. They can obviously still produce good tennis :D

May 25th, 2002, 11:17 PM

Congrats, but why did NZ "only" get a car? ;)

May 25th, 2002, 11:28 PM
Wow that;s great :) Congrats to them!

The Countess
May 25th, 2002, 11:29 PM
I think it's fantastic that Martina and Natasha are showing some high class and still are playing very well. Martina your not over yet!

Luv Countess:kiss:

May 26th, 2002, 12:29 AM
Great win. They needed the confidence booster, so it
doesn't matter if it wasn't other big hitting faux doubles

GO Team Legends.

P.S - Did they raid a little boy's
toybox for the trophies to hand out? LOL

May 26th, 2002, 02:01 AM
Wow...I am so proud of Martina. I have always admired her as a tennis player and I'm glad that she is doing what she enjoys. She has to deal with negative feedback concerning her playing tennis, but the heck with that. I'm glad that she's still around. She will always be my eltmiate favorite player, so it's great to know that I still have opportunities to see her on the court.

May 26th, 2002, 02:03 AM
I don't know why they even bothered to win. They were going to get their toy cars and mugs anyhow.

May 26th, 2002, 02:50 AM
They did it for the ranking points!

Congrats, Martina & Natasha!

Martina is now the oldest woman to ever win a tour title at the age of 45. Previous recordholder in doubles was Rosie Casals who was 38 when she won her final doubles title (with Martina, incidentally) at the 1988 Virginia Slims of California. Well done, Martina & Natasha!

May 26th, 2002, 02:56 AM
Thanks for that fact, Zummi. Pretty cool for Martina!

May 26th, 2002, 03:05 AM
Thanks for the pictures Nina rus, Vivala Seles, and Jorn. First photos I have seen of Natasha since her return. She is as sexy as ever.

I am also wondering why Natasha got just the car. Did she set her trophy on the ground and out of view, or does she and Martina have to share the one Martina is holding?

Anyway, their win make this the best tournament all year for me. If they can win a grand slam at their combined age of 76, I think it would be the story of the year.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
May 26th, 2002, 04:22 AM
Martina and Natasha.....you are just awesome! :)

:sad: of happiness :D

May 26th, 2002, 09:37 AM
Congrats to Martina and Natasha!

May 26th, 2002, 09:57 AM
barmaid, Martina is doing what she loves......I can see what you mean but she still likes to compete.......that fact she can win a title regardless of who she has to face across the net at leat proves she still has the stuff.

Incidentally, is Martina the oldest player in the Open era to win a pro doubles title?

May 26th, 2002, 10:04 AM
this is really surprising for me and I'm glad they won.:bounce:

May 26th, 2002, 01:26 PM
Well Done Ladies :bounce:

May 26th, 2002, 02:38 PM
Good win for Martina & Natasha.

When I was younger - I always wished my name was - Natasha.

Sunday May 26, 2002 1:55 PM AEST

Navratilova sets new record

Tennis great Martina Navratilova has created history by becoming the oldest woman at 45 to win on the WTA circuit.

The veteran American, born on November 18 1956, notched up her 166th career doubles title alongside Natasha Zvereva, this pair defeating Spain's Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Rossana Neffa de Los Rios of Paraguay 6-2, 6-3 in Madrid.

The previous record holder was her former doubles partner Billie Jean King, whose singles win at a tournament in Birmingham in 1983 came five months shy of her 40th birthday.

Navratilova, who keeps in shape playing ice hockey, retired from tennis in 1994 with 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 doubles and seven mixed doubles to her name, placing her second in the all time list behind Margaret Smith Court.

She returned to the circuit in 2000 and last year reached the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon doubles with Sanchez-Vicario.

Asked about her competitive ambitions this season, the holder of nine Wimbledon singles titles said this week: "I'm simply looking to enjoy myself and win a few matches."

Brian Stewart
May 26th, 2002, 03:04 PM
Congrats to 'Tina and 'Tasha! Way to go, ladies!

An interesting final, involving a mother, and 3 (by tennis standards) "grandmothers". :)

May 27th, 2002, 04:00 AM
Good job Martina and Natasha!
Let's keep this thread going...theirs is an achievement that should be remembered.

May 27th, 2002, 04:24 AM
LOL at the sunglasses. Natasha's influence is apparent there. Hope they go all the way in Paris or Wimbledon:)

May 27th, 2002, 04:11 PM
Good luck Martina and Tash. Can't wait for the French doubles draw.

Debbie Foy
May 27th, 2002, 04:59 PM
draw sads for ladys--gots raymods and renaee stubbs for first match.....tough break for comeback ladys....maybe pulls upset...never knows....eagers to sees outcome....

May 27th, 2002, 08:20 PM
Ok, it's a likely first round loss at Roland Garros. Too bad for the unlucky draw. But I hope for better results at Eastbourne.

We won't forget Madrid though...

May 27th, 2002, 08:29 PM
You never know Zummi. Lisa and Rennee could get tight, it's not a great draw for them either! They've had awful luck as #1 seds. Didn't they draw and unseeded Williams/Williams or Hingis/Seles in the Aussie a year or so back and lose?

May 28th, 2002, 12:05 AM
Giving Martina and Tash a cheer here too for Roland Garros on the heels of their Madrid victory. Everyone think positive and maybe in two weeks the Navratilova/Zvereva conquer Roland Garros can begin.

May 29th, 2002, 04:23 AM
I don't know. I'm too sad. Everytime I think of the draw, it's just :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Jun 1st, 2002, 05:32 AM
Even sadder now :( :( :(