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Navratilova Says This Is Her Last

July 05, 2006|Diane Pucin | Times Staff Writer

WIMBLEDON, England — Although it didn't carry the magnitude of Andre Agassi's announcement last week that this Wimbledon would be his last, Martina Navratilova made the same statement Tuesday.

Navratilova, who will be 50 in October, and women's doubles partner Liezel Huber beat Elena Likhovtseva and Anastasia Myskina, 7-5, 6-0, in a third-round match and afterward Navratilova said this was it for her here.

"I want to move on to my next life," she said.

Navratilova said that assuming she stays sound, she would like to play tournaments in San Diego and Montreal in preparation for one last appearance at the U.S. Open.

She and Mark Knowles are still alive here in the mixed doubles.

She is tied for the most Wimbledon championships (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) with Billie Jean King at 20.

Navratilova said she was not sentimental yet. "I just came here to win a title, and we're still in both events. I can get sentimental when it's over," she said.

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There are eight men's quarterfinalists scheduled to play today from eight countries, and four of them have never been this far at Wimbledon -- Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland. Swede Jonas Bjorkman, 34, is the oldest of the men's singles players left -- by six years.

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Dmitry Tursunov, a Russian who lives in Roseville, Calif., was fined $7,500 for his behavior in his loss to Nieminen on Monday.

After his serve was broken, giving Nieminen an 8-7 lead in the fifth set, Tursunov angrily hit a ball in the direction of chair umpire Fergus Murphy. Murphy said Tursunov deliberately tried to hit him and penalized Tursunov a point. Tursunov said his action was an accident and called Murphy "an idiot" at a post-match news conference.

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