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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 July 2006, 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK
End of an era

Navratilova in action at Wimbledon in the 1975 Championships when she reached the quarter-finals

Navratilova, who made her Wimbledon debut in 1973, reaches the last eight in 1975 but there was plenty more still to come

Navratilova celebrates her first singles title in 1978, but she had already won a women's doubles title in 1976

Navratilova wins her first singles title in 1978, defeating Chris Evert in the first of a series of classic final clashes

Navratilova is joined by her mother Jana at the 1979 Wimbledon Championships - the first time she had been allowed out of the former Czechoslovakia

Navratilova's mother Jana (left) accompanies her daughter to the 1979 Championships, the first time she had been allowed out of her native Czechoslovakia

Navratilova curtseys in front of the Duchess of Kent as she wins her third singles title in 1982

Over the next few years, Navratilova - who switches nationality to the USA in 1981 - gets plenty of curtseying practice

Navratilova dances with men's title winner John McEnroe at the ball to celebrate their success

Navratilova, here dancing with John McEnroe at the 1984 Champions' Ball, dominates in the 1980s with six consecutive singles titles

Navratilova's reign is ended by Steffi Graf in 1988, but there was to be more to come

Steffi Graf (left) finally ends Navratilova's run in 1988, with a 5-7 6-2 6-1 victory

Navratilova wins her final Wimbledon title in 1990

But Navratilova is far from washed up as she returns to beat Zina Garrison 6-4 6-1 in the 1990 final for a record ninth singles title

Conchita Martinez (centre) beats Navratilova in the 1994 final

At the age of 37, Navratilova battles through to the 1994 final but loses to Conchita Martinez in what proves to be her last singles final

The retired Navratilova returns in 1997 to receive an award in recognition of her incredible Wimbledon career

Navratilova is honoured for her contributions to tennis at a ceremony in 1997, along with long-term rival Evert

Navratilova partners Mariaan de Swardt in the women's doubles at the 2000 Championships

Navratilova ends her retirement in 2000, returning in the women's doubles where she loses to Venus and Serena Williams

Navratilova wins her 20th Wimbledon title in the mixed doubles alongside Leander Paes in 2003

The final Wimbledon title of Navratilova's career comes in 2003 when she wins the mixed doubles alongside Leander Paes at the age of 46

Navratilova beats Catalina Castano in the singles in 2004 before losing in the second round

Buoyed by her 20th title, Navratilova makes a return to the singles in 2004 where she loses in the second round

Navratilova looks to the sky ruefully during her final appearance at Wimbledon

But there is to be no fairytale end to her Wimbledon career as she crashes out of the women's and mixed doubles



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