Martina Navratilova's Thoughts About Ipek Senoglu
TAKEN FROM US OPEN NEWS AND VIEWS
Q. There was a young woman playing, actually lost a doubles match, from Turkey. I don't know if you've met her.
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: I have.
Q. I think she's the highest ranked woman from that country to play tennis. When you see something like that, it's sort of unique. Can you say how it makes you feel? What are your feelings about her?
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: Well, I saw her name in the draw. I said, "I didn't know they played tennis in Turkey." That's the first player that I've seen on the tour from that part of the world. It so happened that we were in the training room and whenever I see a woman or young player that I haven't seen before, I introduce myself to them. So I did that with her. I saw her on the table. "Hi, I'm Martina." That's when I met her. I said, "Where are you from?"
"That's great that you're out here." She was excited to meet me, very sweet. It's great to see tennis spreading to parts of the world. I was just thinking about the other day, like former Yugoslavia, Serbia, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, you have all these people from Serbia, coming from one country, but now it's four countries. In the Olympics, we had some players also from different countries. It's great to see the spread of the game, especially for women. I mean, it's a Muslim country, isn't it, so.... But the only democracy. No, there's two democracies, Turkey and Qatar.
Last edited by Tenisci : Nov 20th, 2004 at 10:53 AM.