Keep in mind that Serena is beginning to eclipse Navratilova’s Wimbledon records and accomplishments—one can see it in her need to emphasize that, at age 37-38, SHE had played so many more matches in life than Serena, etc. Backhanded compliments have always been a Navratilova specialty, from the 1970s onward.She's a naturalized citizen so why isn't she talking with Serena, her fellow American? As for PR, serena has her side and is allowed to give it so that a full picture is shown and not a one sided hit job by critics.
Navratilova can be forgiven in some ways for being (underneath the exterior of a woman pushing 60) a lifelong, complaining juvenile. She was/is a hard-working All Time champion, and life was no bed of roses for her. But life was no bed of roses for any of these truly top-level, freakish geniuses (Evert, Navratilova, Graf, Seles, Court, Serena).
All of them have some kind of screw loose, and that’s okay—no one competes at such sustained levels unless they are wired a little differently.
But Martina must be naturally miffed to see her greatest “achievement event” (Wimbledon) potentially overshadowed by Serena in terms of history.
Evert, for example, doesn’t have that worry—her “signature event” is safe; her 7 French Opens will leave her forever the Queen of Clay and Roland Garros. No one will touch it.
Wimbledon was Martina’s “House.”
Well, Serena is about to take out a new mortgage.