Today in Sports History: March 24

In 1985, Czechoslovakian-American tennis player Martina Navratilova beat Helena Sukova in her third straight WTA Tour Championship, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. 

Navratilova 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 has 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. She was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000 and retired from play in 2006.

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