Today in Sports History: January 14

In 1985, women’s Czechoslovakian-American tennis player Martina Navratilova became the third professional player to win 100 tennis tournaments at 28-years-old. Navratilova defeated Bulgaria’s Manuela Maleeva, 6-3 and 6-2 in the Virginia Slims of Washington tennis tournament. Navratilova joined professionals Chris Evert Lloyd and Jimmy Connors as the only other professionals to win at least 100 titles. 

Throughout Navratilova’s playing career she won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 women’s Grand Slam doubles titles, and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Navratilova competed in 9 Wimbledon tournaments, 4 U.S Opens, 3 Australian Opens, and 2 French Opens. In total, she has won 59 Grand Slam titles. 

Navratilova is the leader of the longest winning streak in the Open Era in singles with 74 games and doubles with 109 games. She played WTA Championships 21 times and won 8 singles and 11 double titles. 

In 2000, Navratilova was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame joining the other 261 professional international tennis legends. Through her hard work, incredible talent, and remarkable determination helped put Navratilova and her career inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

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