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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 July, 2003, 18:20 GMT 19:20 UK
Navratilova equals record
Martina Navratilova
I'll definitely be back next year - playing or not
Martina Navratilova after her victory with Leander Paes
Martina Navratilova comfortably won a record-equalling 20th Wimbledon title by claiming the mixed doubles title on Sunday.

The 46-year-old joins American Billie Jean King as the only two players to win 20 titles at the All England Club.

Navratilova joined forces with India's Leander Paes to breeze past Israeli Andy Ram and Russian Anastassia Rodionova 6-3 6-3.

"All my titles here are special but the last one was eight years ago and I never thought I'd play again after that," said Navratilova.

"It's been a great ride and this is very, very special."

Paes, who joined forces with Navratilova at last year's US Open, also paid tribute to his partner.

"Watching Martina play inspired me as a kid growing up in India and now playing with her here on Centre Court is a dream come true," said Paes.

"Thank you Martina for being my vehicle to greatness."

MOST WIMBLEDON TITLES
Martina Navratilova:
20 (1976-2003)
Billie Jean King: 20 (1961-79)

Elizabeth Ryan: 19 (1914-34)
Suzanne Lenglen: 15 (1919-25)
Louise Brough: 13 (1946-55)
Laurie Doherty: 13 (1897-1906)

Navratilova later admitted that she had not yet decided whether she would play competitively beyond the end of this season.

"I have no idea what next year will bring, I will finish this year and see what my heart says," she said. "At the same time, it would be a shame not to defend the title next year."

Navratilova broke another record on Sunday, even though it was one she had previously held herself.

The Czech-born player aged 46 years and 261 days became the oldest winner of a Grand Slam.

Navratilova won her 19th Wimbledon trophy with Jonathan Stark in 1995 before retiring to the commentary box.

Navratilova came out of retirement three years ago, but she denied she had been driven by the desire to match King's record.

"I just wanted to see what it would feel like again, and the amazing response from the fans, the media and my peers has been such that I didn't want to stop," she said.

"It's not about records - when I first came back it was because Mariaan de Swardt didn't have a partner one year.

"I only read about the record in the newspaper, and that's the first time I realised I was so close to it.

"The record's great but if Billie Jean had won 30 I would still be out here."

Sunday's mixed doubles win also saw Navratilova capture her 58th Grand Slam crown.





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