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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 September 2006, 03:34 GMT 04:34 UK
Navratilova wins 59th Grand Slam
Martina Navratilova
Navratilova soaks up the adulation of the New York crowd
Martina Navratilova ended her career in style with an amazing 59th Grand Slam title as she and Bob Bryan won the mixed doubles title at the US Open.

Navratilova, 49, went into Flushing Meadows saying it would be her last event as a professional player.

And she got the perfect send-off as she teamed up with Bryan to beat Czech pair Kveta Peschke and Martin Damm 6-2 6-3.

Navratilova won four US Open singles titles and a total of 18 Grand Slam singles titles during her career.

This victory also made her the oldest US Open mixed doubles champion.

"I just wanted to keep inspiring people, the way they inspired me. I wanted to show people you can do great things regardless of your age if you believe and go for it.

"Tennis has given me such a great life but I'm ready to move on. I'll stay in the game and refocus my efforts elsewhere."



SEE ALSO
End of an era
06 Jul 06 |  Photo Galleries
Final Wimbledon for Navratilova
04 Jul 06 |  Tennis


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