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Linton Feb 1st, 2002 01:01 PM

Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread
 
I thought i would dedicate a thread to Martina Naratilova as she made me get into playing tennis.

I love u Martina Naritolva

Indexed in Martina Navratilova Homebase-Rollo

auntie janie Feb 2nd, 2002 12:07 AM

WOW, I hope somebody can post some of Martina's unbeleivable career stats here!

saki Feb 2nd, 2002 01:12 AM

My fav Navratilova article:


Martina was alone on top
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

She came to the United States to play tennis and became the queen of Burger
King. Two decades later, she left tennis as the queen of the game.

It wasn't easy for Martina Navratilova, born a
Czechoslovakian but with the heart of an American. It
was hard shaping up and winning a record nine
Wimbledons, including six consecutively on the
hallowed grass. It was even more difficult winning
over the fans. Her public perception advanced from
animosity to acceptance to adulation.

"How gratifying it must have been for her," Frank
Deford wrote. "To have achieved so much, triumphed
so magnificently, yet always to have been the other,
the odd one, alone: lefthander in a righthanded
universe, gay in a straight world; defector, immigrant;
the (last?) gallant volleyer among all those duplicate
baseline bytes.

"When she came into the game, she was the European among Americans; she
leaves as the American among Europeans -- and the only grown-up left in the
tennis crib. Can't she ever get it right?"

Martina became a one-name celebrity, like Michael and Reggie, like Magic and
O.J. She defected in 1975, became a U.S. citizen six years later, and dominated
tennis in the eighties the way Bill Tilden did in the twenties.

Though raised on the slow clay courts of Czechoslovakia, Navratilova eschewed
the polite, baseline-anchored woman's game. With a wicked serve, a rush to the
net, and a ferocious volley, she was a full court drama, complete with emotional
outbursts.

She won only three major singles titles before she was 25, an age when many
women players are ready to retire. She finished with 18, including four U.S.
Opens, three French and two Australian. Adding in her 38 doubles titles,
Navratilova won 56 Grand Slam championships. Only Margaret Smith Court
has won more total (62) majors.

Since the Open era began in 1968 (and statistics were carefully recorded), no
player -- male or female -- has won more tournaments than Navratilova's 167 or
more matches than her 1,438 (against just 212 defeats). She was ranked No. 1
for 331 weeks, second only to Steffi Graf's 373 since rankings began in 1975.
Her earnings of $20,344,061, was a record until surpassed by Graf in 1998.

More stats: Navratilova had consecutive match winning streaks of 74 (the
women's record), 58 and 54; won six consecutive Grand Slam singles titles in a
14-month stretch; and had years with the unbelievable records of 86-1, 78-2,
90-3 and 89-3.

"But her influence went far beyond numbers," Robert Lipsyte and Peter Levine
wrote in "Idols of the Game."

"As a lesbian, Navratilova expanded the dialogue on issues of gender and
sexuality in sports. In the years that she and Chris Evert were locked in their
fierce rivalry to be Number One, sports fans saw it was possible for two very
different women, physically and emotionally, different in lifestyle and playing
style, to both be great champions -- and friends."

Born Martina Subertova on Oct. 8, 1956, in Prague, her parents divorced when
she was three. Her mother moved the family to rural Revnice, just outside
Prague, and in 1962, she remarried, to Marislav Navratil. Martina took the
name of her stepfather, adding the feminine "ova."

At 4 she was hitting a tennis ball off a cement wall and at seven she was
playing regularly. At 15 she won the Czech national championship. In 1973, at
16, she turned pro and competed in the United States.

In her autobiography, Navratilova wrote, "For the first time in my life I was able
to see America without the filter of a Communist education, Communist
propaganda. And it felt right. ... I honestly believe I was born to be an
American. With all due respect to my homeland, things never really felt right until
the day I got off the plane in Florida."

Two years later, she defected. After losing to Evert in the semifinals of the 1975
U.S. Open in Queens, the 18-year-old Navratilova crossed the East River to the
offices of the Immigration and Naturalizations Service in Manhattan. Within a
month, she received her green card.

While there was strength in her game, her weakness for fast foods, sleek cars,
gold jewelry and Gucci garb almost stopped her climb to the top. Like many a
teenager, she fell in love with Whoppers and Big Macs, fries and milkshakes.
She beefed up to 167 pounds on her 5-foot-7 1/2 frame and tennis authority
Bud Collins described her as "the Great Wide Hope."

It would not be until 1978 that Navratilova would become No. 1 and win her
first singles Grand Slam, defeating Evert in the Wimbledon final, the tournament
that she always had dreamed of winning. A dozen years later, after winning her
ninth Wimbledon, she said, "I prefer to consider my love for Wimbledon a
rational reverence."

Meanwhile, Navratilova also had more earthly loves, such as an affair with
author Rita Mae Brown. In July 1981, soon after being granted U.S. citizenship,
she took the bold step of telling the truth when asked about her sexual
preferences. Navratilova said she was bisexual.

"Martina was the first legitimate superstar who literally came out while she was a
superstar," said Donna Lopiano, executive director of the Women's Sports
Foundation. "She exploded the barrier by putting it on the table. She basically
said this part of my life doesn't have anything to do with me as a tennis player.
Judge me for who I am."

But Navratilova's honesty cost her millions in endorsement opportunities because
of corporate homophobia.

That summer she moved to Dallas to live with
basketball star Nancy Lieberman, who became her
personal trainer and hardened her physically and
mentally. Navratilova also hired Renee Richards as a coach. Navratilova's game
took off. She regained her status as No. 1 in 1982 and held it, for the most part,
until the summer of '87.

It took Navratilova years to stop Evert's domination of her, but once she did,
she controlled the rivalry. After losing 21 of their first 25 matches,
serve-and-volleyer Navratilova finished with a 43-37 edge over baseliner Evert.

In 1982, Navratilova went 90-3 and became the first female athlete to earn
more than one million dollars in a year. In 1983, she was 86-1, losing only to
Kathy Horvath in the fourth round of the French Open. She also started her
streak of winning 109 consecutive doubles matches, over more than two years,
with Pam Shriver.

Navratilova won the final three majors of 1983 and when she won the first three
in 1984, it appeared she would finally win the Grand Slam. But Helena Sukova
upset her in the Australian Open semifinals in December.

In the next three years, she would reach the finals of all 11 Grand Slam
tournaments she entered, winning six. In 1987, she broke Suzanne Lenglen's
record of five consecutive Wimbledons (1919-23).

While Navratilova would never regain her No. 1 ranking, she would win another
Wimbledon. In 1990, at 33, she won her ninth Wimbledon, breaking the record
she shared with Helen Wills Moody. By then, she was a crowd favorite, the
grande dame of tennis who finally heard the cheers for her, not for her opponent.

She officially retired from the tour in 1994, but came back in 1995 to win her
third Wimbledon mixed doubles title. She is involved with various charities that
benefit animal rights, underprivileged children and gay rights and also plays on
the Legends Tour.

"Through all her transformations -- of body, hair, clothes, glasses, nationalities,
coaches, lovers -- the one thing, ever the same, ever distinct, is her voice, which
is pitched to shatter a champagne flute," Deford wrote. "It brought forth sounds
of decency and forthrightness, leavened with wit and compassion. Tennis was
very blessed to have such a voice for so long, for these times."

galadriel Feb 2nd, 2002 06:24 PM

Thank you for this great article.:)

SM Feb 3rd, 2002 10:00 AM

great article..great thread for the legend!

good luck in dubs marti :bounce:

Adrian Feb 5th, 2002 01:21 PM

If you like, each day I'll post a year of Martina's Career:


1973

Tournament 1: Fort Lauderdale

Martina.s first tournament, she won through 3 rounds of qualifying and the first round, before losing the quarter finals. 3-6 6-7 (Tuero)




Tournament 2: Dallas

Lost in the first round...7-5 4-6 4-6 (Coles)


Tournament 3: Hingham

Won through 3 rounds of Qualifying and lost in the first round 4-6 4-6 (Goolagong)

Tournament 4: Akron

Lost in first round 4-6 4-6 (Evert)

Tournament 5:New York City

Lost first round of Qualifying 2-6 6-3 1-6 (Liem)

Tournament 6: Sarasota

Lost First round 2-6 1-6 (Goolagong)

Tournament 7: Miami

Lost First round 3-6 0-6 (Tenney)

Tournament 8: St Petersberg

Won Ist, 2nd, Quarters and made her first Semi, eventually losing
5-7 3-6 (Evert)

Adrian Feb 5th, 2002 01:35 PM

1973 Cont...

Tournament 9: Hamburg

Lost 2nd round 2-6 6-4 3-6 (Bonicelli)


Tournament 10: French Open

Won first 3 rounds, lost in the Quarters 6-7 4-6 (Goolagong)

Tournament 11: Rome

Lost 2nd round 3-6 6-4 3-6 (Morozova)

Tournament 12: Wimbledon

Lost in the round of 32 4-6 4-6 (Hogan)



Tournament 13: Bratislava

Lost in Semi-finals (8 player Draw) 3-6 5-7 (Goolagong)

Won Doubles with Tomonova

Tournament 14: Toronto

Lost in Semi-Finals 1-6 6-4 0-6 (Masthoff)

Tournament 15: U.S Open

Lost round 64 7-5 1-6 3-6 (Burton)

Tournament 16: Charlotte

Lost in the Semi-Finals 2-6 3-6 (Goolagong)



1973 W/L: 23/16

Head to Head:

Goolagong: 0/5 :o

Evert: 0/2

Titles...0

Career Titles..0

Finals..0

Doubles Titles...1

Career Doubles Titles...1



Back tomorrow with 1974 :D

Linton Feb 6th, 2002 07:00 AM

Thanks Adrian for this this will be great,

Adrian Feb 6th, 2002 09:04 AM

Today lets move to 1974


1. Sanfrancisco

Lost first round 7-6 3-6 1-6 (Evert)

2. Palm Springs

Lost first round 2-6 6-3 4-6 (Casals)

3. Washington

Lost 2nd Round 3-6 6-2 0-6 (Schallau)

4. Fort Lauderdale

Lost first round 6-4 5-7 4-6 (Heldman)

5. Detroit

Lost 2nd round 5-7 5-7 (Casals)

6. Chicago

Lost 2nd Round 2-6 6-4 3-6 (Casals)

7. Dallas

Lost 2nd Round 2-6 2-6 (Casals)

Won Doubles (I.Fernandez)

8.Akron

Lost Quarter finals 6-1 3-6 6-7 (Richey)

9. New York

Lost first round 6-1 1-6 4-6 (Teeguarden)

10. Hamburg

Runner up 4-6 7-5 3-6 (Masthoff)

Adrian Feb 6th, 2002 09:17 AM

1974 Cont....

11. Rome

Runner up 3-6 3-6 (Evert)

12. French Open

Lost Quarterfinals 6-7 3-6 (Masthoff)

13. Eastbourne

Lost Semifinal 6-3 1-6 4-6 (Wade)

14. Wimbledon

Lost first round 4-6 6-3 3-6 (Jausovec)

15. Newport

Lost 3rd Round 6-2 6-7 3-6 (Charles)

16. U.S. Open

Lost Round of 16 4-6 4-6 (Heldman)

17. Orlando

Won 7-6 6-4 (Heldman)

18. Denver

Lost 2nd round 6-4 3-6 4-6 (Teaguarden)

19. Los Angeles

Lost Quarter finals 4-6 3-6 (Wade)

20. AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Runner up 3-6 2-6 (Goolagong)

Adrian Feb 6th, 2002 09:26 AM

1974 Stats

W/L... 36/19

Finals...4

Tournaments won..1

Doubles...1


Ranking....Unknown

Head to Head

Evert 0-2

Goolagong 0-1


Career Stats at the end of 1974

W/L...59/35..(62.76%)

Finals...4

Titles..1

Doubles..3

Head to Head

Goolagong 0/6

Evert 0/4



Be Back tomorrow with 1975 ..The year that Martina began to really impress with her Talent :)

galadriel Feb 6th, 2002 06:24 PM

Thank you,Adrian:)

Adrian Feb 8th, 2002 12:06 PM

I've been a bit busy, but 1975, 1976 and 1977 will be posted tomorrow to fulfill my committment of a year a day :D

Adrian Feb 10th, 2002 07:09 AM

1975....The coming of Age part 1.



1.San Francisco.

S/Finals...4-6 3-6 (Evert)

2. Sarasota

2nd Round..4-6 6-2 3-6 (Giscafre)

3. Washington

Won 6-3 6-1 (Melville)...Martina also defeated Chris Evert for the first time in the Quarters 3-6 6-4 7-6


4. Akron

Quarter Finals 3-6 1-6 (Evert)

5. Chicago

Finalist...3-6 6-3 2-6 (Court)

Won Doubles (Evert)


6. Detroit

Semi Finalist...6-7 3-6 (Goolagong)

Won Doubles (Hunt)

7. Boston

Won 6-2 4-6 6-3 (Goolagong)

8. Dallas

Finalist...6-2 6-7 3-4 (retired) (Wade)

9. Philidelphia

Semi-Finalist...6-7 4-6 (Evert)

10. Los Angeles

Finalist...4-6 2-6 (Evert)

11. Amelia Island

Finalist...5-7 4-6 (Evert)

12. Vienna

Quarter finalist...4-6 6-2 4-6 (Appel)

Adrian Feb 10th, 2002 07:27 AM

1975 Cont...

13. Fed Cup

Played 1, Won 1...6-3 6-2 (Masthoff)

14. Fed Cup

Played 1, Won 1...6-1 6-0 (Barniville)

15. Fed cup

Played 1, Won 1...6-2 1-0 (Ret) (Schaar)

16. Fed Cup

Played 1, Won 1...6-3 6-2 (Lovera)

17. Fed Cup Final

Played 1, Won 1....6-3 6-4 (Goolagong)

Czech won the Fed Cup

18. Rome

Finalist...1-6 0-6 (Evert)

Won Doubles (Evert)

19. French Open

Finalist...6-2 2-6 1-6 (Evert)

Won Doubles Slam....(Evert)

20. Eastbourne

2nd Round 6-4 5-7 5-7 (Coles)

21. Wimbledon

Quarter finals..3-6 4-6 (Court)

22. Rye

Quarter finals...4-6 2-6 (Fromholtz)

Won Doubles ..(Evert)

23. US Open

Quarter finals...4-6 4-6 (Evert)...After this Match Martina defected from Czech to America....

24. Charlotte

Won... 4-6 6-2 7-5 (Goolagong)

25. Atlanta

Finalist...6-2 2-6 0-6 (Evert)

Won Doubles... (Evert)

26. Denver

Won... 4-6 6-4 6-3 (Meyer)

27. Palm Springs

Semi Finals...3-6 6-2 4-6 (Doerner)

28. PHoenix

Semi-Finals...1-6 3-6 (Richey)

29. Orlando

Finalist...Walkover (Evert)


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