100 years of Centre Court – Martina Navratilova, 20 time Wimbledon champion!

Martina Navratilova is the ultimate Wimbledon champion.

9 singles titles

7 doubles titles

4 mixed doubles titles

A first title (in doubles) came in 1976 and the last 27 years later (in mixed doubles) in 2003. The nine singles titles came in a period of thirteen years in London.

Over the years when new challenges and players came to try and claim the biggest prizes in sport she remained a consistent figure. A good friend and rival Chris Evert was more often that not the opponent on the final day.

In fact Martina defeated Chris five times in the Wimbledon final, in the late 1980’s a new challenger came in the shape of Steffi Graf. Martina won three consecutive finals against Graf before the German won the first of her six Wimbledon titles in 1987.

Her triumphs at Wimbledon were out of this world, 20 titles across 3 events and 278 wins across all three events are just 60 defeats.

120-14 in singles
99-21 in doubles
59-15 in mixed doubles

Over a 13 year period between 1978 and 1990 Martina made it to at least the final four at Wimbledon every year, extend that further between 1975 and 1994 she made at least the final eight for 20 consecutive years.

In singles, doubles or mixed it is a longevity in the sport I don’t think we will see again. All of these records are astonishing and when you consider as well what she was doing on the wider tour and the weeks at number one in singles and doubles she was unstoppable.

Her first Wimbledon title in 1978 was her first Grand Slam title on her 15th appearance at the age of 21, little did anyone know at this point she would dominate winning 18 majors over the next 13 years, a true Wimbledon great!

credit – Getty Images

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