June 25, 1990 |
On the women's side of Wimbledon, a three-way battle is shaping up among No. 1 Steffi Graf, No. 2 Martina Navratilova and No. 3 Monica Seles. Two-time defending champion Graf has been made an odds-on favorite to win again, but she is coming off consecutive losses to Seles in the German and French opens. Seles, whose game is better suited to clay courts than the grass of Wimbledon, has won 32 consecutive matches and five consecutive tournaments. Then there is Navratilova.
April 26, 1990
Stanford will bring its top-ranked men's and women's tennis teams to the Ojai Valley in a warmup for the upcoming NCAA tournament and is expected to lead the way in Ojai Valley tennis tournament today through Sunday. Sandra Birch and Stanford teammate Meredith McGrath are the top two ranked women's players in the Volvo Tennis/Collegiate rankings, and Stanford's Jonathan Stark is the No. 2-ranked men's player. Byron Black of USC is ranked No. 5, and Trisha Laux of USC is ranked No.
July 7, 1990 |
So, Martina Navratilova, your path to the women's final and a record ninth Wimbledon title has been cleared of Steffi Graf, now how do you feel? "I'm just trying not to hyperventilate," Navratilova said. All that separates the 33-year-old Navratilova from a ninth Wimbledon crown--Helen Wills Moody had eight, the last in 1938--is Zina Garrison. The odds are against Garrison, who is 1-27 against Navratilova. "I've beaten her once and I've played her close in a lot of situations," Garrison said.
July 6, 1989 |
In the Wimbledon women's semifinals, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova are chasing legends of different eras. Graf's opponent is Chris Evert, 34, who will probably be making her last appearance on the most famous grass courts in tennis. Navratilova, who will play Catarina Lindqvist of Sweden, is only two victories away from a record ninth Wimbledon title. She is tied with Helen Wills Moody at eight. Winning today would take a huge upset by Evert, who hasn't beaten Graf in three years.
August 25, 1996 |
The door knocker is a brass tennis racquet. Silver and crystal in the living room, all the vases, tea trays, photo frames, punch bowls, cups, tankards and snifters are tennis trophies. First places only, singles and doubles. Rows of remembrances of decades of play and hundreds of titles battled on courts of grass, carpet, clay or hunter-green asphalt. Even the voice on the answering machine sustains the Wimbledon mythos and promises to return calls with the speed of an overhead smash.
June 12, 2006
French Open multiple champions. Note: Before 1925, the French Open was restricted to French players. MEN *--* 6 Bjorn Borg (1974-75, 1978-81) 4 Henri Cochet (1926, 1928, 1930, 1932) 3 Rene Lacoste (1925, 1927, 1929); Mats Wilander (1982, 1985, 1988); Ivan Lendl (1984, 1986-87); Gustavo Kuerten (1997, 2000-01) 2 Gottfried von Cramm (1934, 1936); Frank A.
July 2, 1994 |
Martina Navratilova, making her final appearance on Wimbledon's Centre Court, will play Conchita Martinez today for the women's singles championship. The 37-year-old Navratilova, the oldest player in the draw, has made no secret of her feelings for Wimbledon. It is her favorite tournament, her favorite playing surface and her favorite singles title, which figures, because she has nine of them.
August 4, 1990 |
Martina Navratilova, who won a record ninth Wimbledon title only to be criticized by Margaret Court as a poor role model because she is gay, said Friday that the three-time former Wimbledon champion was out of line. "Her timing was atrocious," Navratilova said. "Who is she to judge me? I don't judge her. I don't judge anybody else. Why judge? She's not perfect. Nobody's perfect."
August 14, 1999
GRAND SLAM SINGLES All-Time Grand Slam Singles Titles 1. Margaret Court Smith Aus: 11 Fre: 5 Wim: 3 US: 5 Total: 24 2. Steffi Graf Aus: 4 Fre: 6 Wim: 7 US: 5 Total: 22 3. Helen Wills Moody Aus: * Fre: 4 Wim: 8 US: 7 Total: 19 4. Chris Evert Aus: 2 Fre: 7 Wim: 3 US: 6 Total: 18 5.
February 24, 1992 |
Monica Seles is as close to a sure thing as there is in women's tennis these days, having won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments last year. But if Martina Navratilova had a choice, a hard court would be the surface she would select to play the top-ranked Seles. Navratilova, ranked fourth, could get that chance this week at Indian Wells, where she is seeded to meet Seles in the final of the Evert Cup. The tournament starts today at Hyatt Grand Champions Resort.