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Oct 20th, 2016 10:42 AM
newmark401
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

There's something strange about the format of the article in section 1008 above. Four or five of the paragraphs appear to be repeated within the text. Could Wimbledon's standards possibly be slipping?
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Oct 20th, 2016 03:14 AM
Rollo
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Here is the link to the video of her 9 Wimbledon championship points.

Videos - The Championships, Wimbledon 2017 - Official Site by IBM
Oct 20th, 2016 03:06 AM
Rollo
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Happy 60th Martina!

Wimbledon has an article celebrating her 1st Wimbledon title.

From the archive: Martina's first Wimbledon title - The Championships, Wimbledon 2017 - Official Site by IBM

By Paul Newman




Martina Navratilova won more Wimbledon singles titles than any man or woman in history, but the nine-times champion was a surprisingly late starter.

Navratilova, who celebrates her 60th birthday today (October 18), lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish for the first time on her sixth visit to The Championships, in 1978. Of the 11 players who have won the Ladies’ Singles title at least five times, Billie Jean King is the only other champion who took as long to get off the mark.

Navratilova, who secured the last of her 59 Grand Slam titles when she claimed the mixed doubles at the US Open in 2006 a month before her 50th birthday, is renowned for her longevity, which she underlined once again at The Championships this summer when she won the Ladies’ Invitation Doubles alongside Selima Sfar.

The world became aware of Navratilova’s talent from the moment she won her very first match at the All England Club at the age of 16, when she beat the British favourite, Christine Janes.
However, in her early years in senior tennis, life was far from straightforward. The fact that it took time for Navratilova to realise her potential was probably down to the challenges of adapting her lifestyle in the west after her upbringing at a time of Communist austerity in Czechoslovakia and of coping with the pressures she felt from the tennis authorities in her homeland. She was just 18 when she defected to the United States in 1975.

Navratilova was born in Prague and grew up in the small town of Revnice, half an hour from the Czech capital. As a sportswoman with great potential she was one of a very limited number of Czechoslovakians who were allowed to travel abroad.

However, Navratilova was by no means able to come and go as she pleased. While she enjoyed the freer lifestyle of the west, which was evident in her choice of some particularly flamboyant tennis dresses, her national tennis federation, which took a percentage of her prize money, disapproved of what it saw as her increasing “Americanisation”. Pressure was put on Navratilova to play more tournaments in Europe, but the teenager preferred to stay in the United States for as long as possible.

One of the early attractions of American life for Navratilova was the freedom to eat what she wanted. Back in Czechoslovakia she had been used to a diet based on carbohydrates with a small amount of protein. After switching to high-protein meals - and the two scoops of ice cream she had every night for dessert - it was no surprise that her metabolism struggled to cope and her weight ballooned.

Navratilova put on 20lb in two weeks on her first visit to the United States in 1973 and by January 1976 she weighed 12st 2lb, which was nearly two stone more than what she eventually came to regard as her optimum weight.

Against that background Navratilova’s form was often wildly inconsistent in her early years, though she still managed to reach the finals of both the Australian and French Opens before her 19th birthday.

On her debut at The Championships in 1973 Navratilova followed up her victory over Janes, who was a former finalist, by beating Laura DuPont before losing in the third round to another American, Patty Hogan.

Twelve months later Navratilova lost first time out to Mima Jausovec, but in 1975 she made the quarter-finals before losing to Margaret Court, who was playing at The Championships for the last time after a career which had brought her an all-time record 64 Grand Slam titles.

It was later that summer, during the US Open, that Navratilova successfully sought political asylum. She explained her decision in New York’s “Daily News”. “I didn’t have enough opportunities to play tennis,” Navratilova said. “I had to ask permission to play in this tournament or that tournament. They didn’t want me to play here. They wanted me to return home and finish school. They thought I was becoming too Americanized.”

It would be hard to overstate the enormity of Navratilova’s decision, which she took after confiding only in her stepfather. At the time Czechoslovakia’s relations with the west were such that Navratilova was risking never seeing her family again.

In the circumstances it was perhaps no surprise that Navratilova won only two singles titles the following year, having won four in 1975. Nevertheless, she still reached her first semi-final at The Championships before losing to Chris Evert, who had already become a good friend. That was the first of their nine meetings at the All England Club. They eventually faced each other 80 times in their careers, Navratilova recording 43 victories to Evert’s 37.

One year later Navratilova was the No.2 seed at The Championships but lost to Betty Stove in the quarter-finals after playing a poor third set. By 1978, however, she had made significant progress, both physically and mentally, and had already won four Grand Slam doubles titles.
Navratilova’s temperament had been called into question in the past, but in coming from a set down to beat Barbara Jordan in the third round and Evonne Cawley in the semi-finals she was demonstrating new-found maturity.

Her opponent in the final was Evert, who took the first set with something to spare before the match developed into a gripping contest that was typical of so many of their battles. Evert had hit a succession of passing-shot winners in the early stages, but Navratilova’s relentless attacking started to pay dividends in the second set.
Navratilova went 2-0 up in the decider, only for Evert to win the next four games. Navratilova levelled at 4-4, held serve to stay in the match two games later and eventually closed out a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory. At the 15th attempt she was a Grand Slam singles champion at last.
Oct 18th, 2016 10:44 PM
Czech1956
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Happy birthday to Martina on this special 60th birthday, there are articles from many countries in many languages on the internet for this special celebration.

This is an article from the New York Times from a couple of days ago:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/sp...test.html?_r=0
Jun 8th, 2016 11:02 PM
Wimbledon9
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

By the way Lindsay Davenport has also won 4 most with the very young legend Martina Hingis
Jun 6th, 2016 05:25 AM
Rollo
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Quote:
Martina won the legends doubles at Roland Garros for the fourth time in seven years this time with Lindsay Davenport.
Once with Jana Novotna and twice 2014 and 15 with Kim Clijsters.

How long can this go on Martina will be 60 this october.
for her!

She's still probably the best volleyer out thee!
Jun 5th, 2016 07:55 PM
Wimbledon9
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Martina won the legends doubles at Roland Garros for the fourth time in seven years this time with Lindsay Davenport.
Once with Jana Novotna and twice 2014 and 15 with Kim Clijsters.

How long can this go on Martina will be 60 this october.
May 16th, 2016 09:56 PM
Wimbledon9
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

The cold war project:the girl who got away. The Federation cup of 1986 in Prague.

Wilson Center Digital Archive
May 14th, 2016 01:38 AM
Wimbledon9
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
A cute photo of Martina at the French in 1985. Is her pouch here K.D. (Killer Dog)? Who is the female to the left?


I think the woman on the left looks like Judy Nelson.
How hard Martina trained she never forgot to give her dogs some water
May 13th, 2016 06:27 AM
Rollo
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Showing off her football skills. 1988 Roland Garros

May 13th, 2016 06:26 AM
Rollo
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

A cute photo of Martina at the French in 1985. Is her pouch here K.D. (Killer Dog)? Who is the female to the left?

May 13th, 2016 02:44 AM
Wimbledon9
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Nice honor for Martina she even went rowing with the women's Cambridge 8;


Martina Navratilova appointed Cambridge honorary fellow - BBC News
Oct 18th, 2015 09:10 PM
Wimbledon9
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Happy birthday to Martina, love and happiness to her and her family.

Puma was her sponsor with the nice sweater from 1984, one of the few companies who dared to sponsor Martina during her career only European and Japanese sponsors.
Oct 18th, 2015 07:48 PM
Andy T
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Happy Birthday, Martina - and a big "hi" to fellow blasters!
Oct 18th, 2015 02:36 PM
Rollo
Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Happy birthday Martina-hope you are doing something fun such as sking in Aspen!


Her website led me to a short vignette trip she took to Singapore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIs3...ature=youtu.be
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