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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | June 30, 1993
WIMBLEDON, England -- It has been 11 years since anyone other than Steffi Graf or Martina Navratilova has won the Wimbledon women's title.It looks as if it soon will be 12.Yesterday, Graf and Navratilova rolled closer to their seemingly inevitable confrontation in the final.Navratilova needed just 50 minutes to dispatch Natalia Zvereva, a good grass-court player, 6-3, 6-1.And Graf didn't even flinch when she faced set point on her own serve at 5-3 in the first set against Jennifer Capriati.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | June 29, 1994
WIMBLEDON, England -- Martina Navratilova is living a dream. There isn't any doubt about that.The nine-time Wimbledon champ wants title No. 10 before she retires at the end of this season.So what happens?She comes to Wimbledon. She gets insulted. "Too old, too slow," said Jana Novotna, last year's Wimbledon runner-up.Then she gets incredibly lucky.No. 1 seed Steffi Graf is beaten in the first round. No. 2 seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario is beaten in the fourth.Then yesterday, she defeats Novotna, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1, to become the oldest women's semifinalist of the modern era.And who stands between her and the Wimbledon final?
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February 3, 1992
Martina Navratilova's bid for a record 158th tournament title was foiled yesterday in Tokyo by Gabriela Sabatini's stream of pinpoint service returns and passing shots. In a repeat of last year's final of the Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament, the top-seeded Sabatini beat the second-seeded Navratilova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2."She played well, and I didn't," Navratilova said. "My serves did not have good placement, so she made good returns, forcing me on the defense." Navratilova, 35, beat Monica Seles in the 1991 Virginia Slims of California for her 157th career title, tying the record held by Chris Evert.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | June 21, 1994
WIMBLEDON, England -- Martina Navratilova promised herself one last chance at a 10th Wimbledon singles title, and this is it.Yesterday she began the march with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Claire Taylor, a 19-year-old who once stood in line at 6 a.m. to get onto Centre Court to watch her idol, Navratilova."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Staff Writer | November 12, 1992
PHILADELPHIA -- Call it a no-fault divorce -- tennis style.Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova, who combined to form the most dominant doubles team in women's tennis history, are severing their partnership.And this time, unlike an on-again, off-again two-year split that began in 1989, it's for good.But Shriver said there are no hard feelings."I knew it was the best deal for both of us," Shriver said. "Martina doesn't want to commit to a full doubles season and I'd like to find a partner who can play 12 to 14 times a year."
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 26, 1991
WIMBLEDON, England -- Martina Navratilova has no fear of facing the cameras on "A Current Affair." She ignores the tabloids that breathlessly report the innermost thoughts of her spurned companion and former business partner. Lawyers armed with multimillion-dollar palimony suits don't even bother this woman.But put her on Centre Court at Wimbledon, and watch her squirm.Her face is contorted with anger after a missed shot. She stands, arms folded on the baseline, when she loses a set. Finally, she lunges, reaching for a backhand winner and greatness, the picture of a champion fighting for her turf.
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November 10, 1991
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Second-seeded Martina Navratilova reached her fourth consecutive final with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over sixth-seeded Lori McNeil yesterday in the Virginia Slims of California.Navratilova plays the winner of last night's other semifinal match between Monica Seles and Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere.Navratilova beat McNeil for the eighth straight time since 1985, as she seeks to match Chris Evert's record of 157 tournament victories. Navratilova has 156."I know I'm going to break it, even if I have to play the Virginia Slims of Oakland," Navratilova said.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 3, 1991
NEW YORK -- The young Martina Navratilova doesn't play a match like this. She gets up a break and seizes the moment. She piles point on top of point and leaves an opponent gasping for air.But Navratilova is 34 now, and her confidence is as fragile as her serve. She punches the air with a fist when things go well, but when she floats a second serve and misses a volley, she hangs her head in disgust.Still, she remains a factor at the U.S. Open.Yesterday, she struggled in a fourth-round match but finally defeated Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, 7-6 (7-5)
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By MIKE LITTWIN | September 5, 1991
NEW YORK -- OK, go with it if you want, but this Jimmy-Martina thing doesn't really work. They're going to package them to the hilt -- this revenge of the middle-aged herd -- and, hey, it's a demographic work of art aimed squarely at the wallet of every baby-boomer tennis fan, but, I'm telling you, it's bogus.Connors may be in the business of miracles, but Navratilova still plays tennis. They don't belong in the same glory-days nostalgia piece. Connors, at 39, is truly, legitimately, no-time-left-on-the-meter, what's-he-still-doing-here old. But Navratilova, at 34, is a threat.
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By Joe Jares and Joe Jares,Los Angeles Daily News | November 4, 1990
"Are there any fines in team tennis?" asked Jimmy Connors."Yes!" said Billie Jean King. "You're in trouble!"-- Byplay at news conferenceLOS ANGELES -- Team tennis -- or as chief executive officer King would have it, TEAMTENNIS -- got back into the competition for glamour names the other day by announcing the signings of Connors and Martina Navratilova.They are 38 and 34 respectively, and past their primes, but they are proven ticket sellers, and represent at least a partial return to the policies of 1974-1978.
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