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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 July 2006, 19:46 GMT 20:46 UK
Final Wimbledon for Navratilova
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Martina Navratilova
Navratilova says she is fit enough to continue playing
Martina Navratilova has revealed this Wimbledon will be her last.

The American legend, who turns 50 in October, announced she would retire at the end of the season, 33 years after turning professional.

"The body's great - I could probably play another five years if I wanted to but I don't," she said.

Navratilova is still competing in both the ladies' and mixed doubles at Wimbledon where she is targetting a record 21st crown.

The former world number one famously plucked a blade of grass from Centre Court following her last singles final there in 1994 but she said there would be no sentimentality this time.

I want to move on to my next life

Martina Navratilova

"I came here to win titles. I have a job to do and I didn't come here for the strawberries and cream," she said.

"I'll get sentimental when it's over."

Navratilova retired for the first time in 1994 with a record 167 singles titles and 331 weeks ranked as the world number one.

However, the Czech-born player, who holds a total of 58 Grand Slam titles, insists this time she will not be tempted to return as a competitor.

"The decision that this is my last year, that is definite," she said.

"I'll miss the competition and having to perform under pressure.

"It's time. It's enough. I want to move on to my next life. Most of all, it's to spend more time at home."


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