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Navratilova signs off with yet another title

The Navratilova-Bryan duo beat Czech pair Kveta Pescke and Martin Damm 6-2 6-3 in the final.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 02:51 IST

Martina Navratilova bowed out of tennis for the second time at the US Open on Saturday by winning the mixed doubles title with Bob Bryan.

The Navratilova/Bryan combination defeated Czech pair Kveta Pescke and Martin Damm 6-2 6-3 in the final.

It was the 354th title in singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles of her career, the first being when she was still a citizen of Czechoslovakia in 1974.

"If you play long enough, good things happen," Navratilova said.

"I won my first (US Open) title here in 1983. It has been quite a run. This will make my mother happy. She gets so nervous when I play.

"I have so many memories."

The 49-year-old Navratilova retired once before and did not play on the WTA Tour for five years between 1995 and 1999. She returned in 2000, playing almost entirely doubles.

Navratilova's longevity over a glorious 31-year professional career has brought her a string of titles and trophies. Besides her seven Wimbledon crowns she has 167 singles titles, the most by any player of either sex.

First Published: Sep 10, 2006 11:35 IST