Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Navratilova wins first match at ECM Open in Prague

Navratilova won her first match in her native Prague, Czech Republic after a gap of 20 years.

Navratilova playing doubles partnering Barbora Strycova beat the team of Blahotova-Rolle, 6-2, 6-3.

Speaking about her return to play in Prague Navratilova said, "The return means a lot to me."

Reacting to the ovation of 4000 strong crowd Navratilova said, "I had to do something ... at least look for my glasses, to keep myself from crying. But there must not be too much nostalgia, or we would lose quickly."

Navratilova has defected to the U.S. in 1975 later becoming a citizen of the U.S.

Navratilova hopes to settle in Prague in the future.

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