The Lioness in Winter

At 36, having transformed sports for women, tennis star Martina Navratilova is managing her decline just as she managed her career: adroitly and outspokenly

When she half-strode, half-skipped into Madison Square Garden to tumultuous applause last week, Martina Navratilova broke records. But she has lasted so long that she does that every time she plays -- win or lose. When her opponents had controversial calls go against them in the opening singles and doubles matches that she played just an hour apart, Navratilova set aside competitive advantage for queenly benevolence and conceded the (not so crucial) points. When she adjourned to the pressroom after winning both matches, she spoke briefly and blandly of her play, then waded more eagerly into political controversy over an antigay...

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