Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Old Gray Lady wins at Wimbledon

No, this is not an entry about the NY Times. The old lady I'm referencing is Martina Navratilova. Following up her appearance at the French Open, the 47 year-old Navratilova accepted a wild card invitation to play at Wimbledon. But, unlike at the French Open, Navratilova won -- and in convincing fashion. She defeated 24 year-old Catalina Castano by a score of 6-0, 6-1.

Now, I took some ribbing for referring to the 45 year-old Ricky Rudd as "aging," but Navratilova's performance at Wimbledon is truly a remarkable achievement for a woman of her age. Just consider this: Navratilova turned pro four years before her opponent was even born, and Navratilova hit #1 in the world a year before Castano's birth. Even more proof: A past world #1 who was named after Navratilova, Martina Hingis, is now retired from professional tennis.

Martina Navratilova will take on 19 year-old Gisela Dulko in her next match on Wednesday.