Navratilova out of Wimbledon doubles
Martina Navratilova ended her Wimbledon career Thursday still tied with Billie Jean King for the most All England Club titles with 20.india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 13:10 IST
Martina Navratilova ended her Wimbledon career on Thursday still tied with Billie Jean King for the most All England Club titles with 20.
Navratilova and Liezel Huber of South Africa lost their quarterfinal doubles match 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 to the Chinese pair of Yan Zi and Zheng Jie, who won the Australian Open title this year.
In the third round of mixed doubles, Navratilova and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas lost 7-5, 6-1 to Andy Ram of Israel and Vera Zvonareva of Russia.
The 49-year-old Navratilova, who will retire from all play at the end of this year, has nine singles, seven doubles and four mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon. King won six singles, 10 doubles and four mixed.
One reason Navratilova has continued so long was a desire to hold the record on her own.
With little drama, and not stopping to collect a blade of grass as she had done when she originally retired from singles in 1994, Navratilova offered a wry smile as she waved a final goodbye.
"I'll be here. I'll be back. I just won't be playing," Navratilova, 49, said earlier this week.
Singles semifinalist Jonas Bjorkman, who has won the Wimbledon doubles title three times with Todd Woodbridge, won't be around to collect a fourth. Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi were beaten 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 by Fabrice Santoro and Nenad Zimonjic in a quarterfinal match on Thursday.
Bjorkman plays Roger Federer on Friday in the semis. Venus Williams, meanwhile, is in the mixed doubles semifinals. Williams, who lost in the third round of singles, teamed with Bob Bryan to win two matches on Thursday.
They beat the Australian pair of Todd Perry and Rennae Stubbs 7-6 (4), 6-3, and then downed India's Leander Paes and Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-6 (3), 6-3.