Appreciation: Martina Navratilova

For Summer's Queen, It's Autumn

ONLY IN DREAMS -- DREAMS SHARED BY LEGIONS OF THE NO LONGER YOUNG -- IS Martina Navratilova likely to turn back time and win a 10th Wimbledon singles title on her farewell visit, starting this week. On the Centre Court greensward, Navratilova has been Jesse Owens in Berlin, Diego Maradona in Mexico City, the athlete at one with the place and the moment. The speedy surface suited her attacking game. The ritual and formality suited her sense of history. She loved racing to the net, secure that any shot she kept in bounds would be a winner, and she loved curtsying...

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