Her record as No.1 in singles (1982–86) is the most dominant in professional tennis.Over five consecutive seasons, she won 428 of 442 singles matches, averaging fewer than 3 losses per year to 87 wins, for a sustained winning percentage of 96.8%.Date of birth : 1956-10-10 Date of death : - Birthplace : Prague, Czech Republic Nationality : American Category : Sports Last modified : 2010-08-26 Credited as : Athlete, tennis player, won 18 Grand Slam singles championships Martina Navratilova, born October 10, 1956 in Prague, Czechoslovakia is an American athlete and tennis player.Martina Navratilova has won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and a record nine Wimbledon women’s singles titles.This was early in the summer of 1988, late in the fortnight at Wimbledon, the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.In progress: the championship match of the women's competition between Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf. A native of Czechoslovakia who is now an American citizen, she was seeking her seventh straight English crown and ninth there in the past 11 years.
At one point, Graf had won nine straight games and had broken Navratilova's service five straight times.Her 167 tournament victories is an all-time high for a tennis player of either gender.The clouds gathered, the sky darkened, and the summer rain fell on the grass, center court in the suburbs of London, England.Laureus Host: Tennis had a very good showing of nominations at the Laureus Sports Awards. Finished with authority playing at the season‑ending championship, and most of all winning the US Open where she won her 19th Grand Slam passing Chris and myself with 18 titles. Again, by the standards of previous years, maybe not as good a year as other years she's had, but marching towards history, that's a pretty big deal. And it will be interesting, maybe when Novak writes his book, he will reveal exactly what Boris told him when.Can I ask, what are your assessments of some of the nominees, first of all, with the Sportswomen Awards, Serena and Li Na have been nominated. MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: Well, it was, by her standards it was actually not as great a year as obviously she's had before because she's had such a high standard. But I bet you something Boris said made a difference in that fifth set. And in the Team of the Year and Breakthrough of the Year, Davis Cup Team, Federer and Wawrinka, how do you assess that achievement, and was it Roger's will that made it happen?