March 28, 2012 |
The Times is pleased to have tennis legend Martina Navratilova guest-blogging for us while she competes on " Dancing With the Stars . " Today, Navratilova answers a few questions from Karen Chaderjian and gives some insight into the competition. Here are Navratilova's thoughts, which she offered via email. Q: You had a very indefatigable response immediately after the disappointment Monday night, saying, "You just pick yourself up and dust yourself off. " What would you compare this experience to?
December 13, 2010 |
Martina Navratilova has reached the summit of her sport 59 times. That represents 18 Grand Slam event titles in singles, 31 in women's doubles and 10 in mixed doubles. But last week, she found a mountain tougher than Steffi Graf's forehand or Billie Jean King's slice serve. It stands 19,341 feet and is named Kilimanjaro. "I had no pain," she said Sunday, "but I had to retire from my match. " She was speaking by telephone to a handful of reporters around the world. She said she was sitting in the garden at a friend's home in the Nairobi, Kenya, suburb of Karen.
December 10, 2010 |
Martina Navratilova was hospitalized in Kenya because of fluid accumulation in her lungs after attempting to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. The 54-year-old tennis great is expected to recover. Navratilova was diagnosed with high-altitude pulmonary edema, Dr. David Silverstein , a consultant in cardiology and internal medicine at Nairobi Hospital, said Friday. "It is potentially dangerous when someone is at high altitude, but once brought down, recovery is quick," he said. "Martina is doing well and will continue to do well.
September 14, 2010 |
It was probably the most socially significant sports rivalry of all time. Certainly it was among the purest, the most intimate and longest-running. Over the course of 16 years, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova faced each other over tennis nets around the world 80 times. From 1975 through 1986, they not only dominated women's tennis, they were women's tennis. Locked in a see-sawing battle for all the major titles, they commanded the post-Title IX spotlight not just for women's tennis but for women's athletics in general.
September 4, 2010 |
Little by little, after an athletic career most accurately described as one of best supporting actress, Pam Shriver is finding her own spotlight. She is a sideline tennis reporter for ESPN. At the U.S. Open, she is everywhere. She does interviews as players go onto the court, then interviews them when they are done. In between, she finds a place in the stands and adds her two cents during the match. "The microphone is open," she says. "There is no delay. If I see something and want to say it right now, I can. " So she does, with a style that irks those who think that sports journalism, especially the broadcast side, should be a warm-and-fuzzy cuddling of the players.
July 3, 2010 |
Serena Williams squints when she tries to picture the future, maybe 10 years from now when she is absolutely finished with tennis. She thinks she might be living with her older sister Venus, and lots of dogs. "I've always dreamed of having tons of dogs," Serena said Saturday. "I've proven myself difficult to live with." There was almost nothing Vera Zvonareva didn't find difficult about Williams on Saturday, not after Williams beat the overmatched Russian, 6-3, 6-2, a pummeling that took only 67 minutes on Centre Court in the Wimbledon final.