Navratilova adds 18th title, gains on King's record

July 05, 1993|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

WIMBLEDON, England -- Martina Navratilova didn't get her 10th Wimbledon women's title, but she did collect her 18th overall Wimbledon crown and inched closer to Billie Jean King's record of 20.

Navratilova teamed with Mark Woodforde to win the mixed doubles crown with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Tom Nijssen and Manon Bollegraf.

It was Navratilova's first Wimbledon crown since her last singles title three years ago.

"I guess I'm within striking distance now," Navratilova said. "But I just haven't won here for a while, so it was nice to win one. It felt good, and I was surprised at how unnervous I was throughout the whole match."

Navratilova, 36, said the win makes matching King's 20 titles seem plausible, but added with a laugh:

"If I go at this pace, one title every three years, I'll be 50 before I break it. So hopefully, I can speed it up a little bit. This is sweet, very sweet."

Point man

Despite Jim Courier's defeat by Pete Sampras yesterday in the men's singles title match, Courier maintains the lead of the points table that decides the 16-man field for the Compaq Grand Slam Cup in Munich, which pays $1.5 million to the winner, in December.

The Compaq standings reward players for performances in Grand Slam tournaments. Courier won the Australian Open and was runner-up at the French and here for a 1,600-point total, 450 more than Sampras.

Cheer and make up

At the end of the men's final, the crowd, which had been cool to Courier because of several audible obscenities earlier in the tournament, stood and cheered him.

"I don't know what that was all about," he said.

Could it be that the crowd has started to like him?

"Couldn't have been," Courier said, smiling.

Before the match, Courier's mother, Linda, said she is trying to teach her son a different word.

"I'm trying to teach him to say 'fudge' whenever he feels the urge to say that something else," she said.

Having a ball

Last night, Sampras went to the Wimbledon Championship Ball with women's champ Steffi Graf.

"I hadn't really planned a celebration," the men's champ said. "But I guess I'll have a couple of glasses of champagne." Sampras said he planned to fly to the United States today. His next tournament is in Montreal July 26.

Little help from his friend

In almost every interview session here, someone has asked a player about his personal relationships.

Yesterday, a reporter trying to clarify whether Courier and Sampras are buddies asked: "Just what is your relationship with Pete?"

Courier, who has been unimpressed with British tabloid reporting, didn't miss a beat.

"We're just friends," he said.

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