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Navratilova gets her due

NEW YORK, JAN. 26. Martina Navratilova, the `winningest' player in women's tennis history, was among three people elected to the international tennis Hall of Fame.

Australian Davis Cup star Malcolm Anderson and Robert Kelleher, former president of the United States Tennis Association, will also be inducted in the July 15 ceremonies at the Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

Navratilova set a professional tennis record with 167 tournament titles and 1,438 match wins in a career that began in 1973 and spanned more than two decades.

A native of former Czechoslovakia, Navratilova arrived in the United States as an overweight teen. But she soon became one of the best-conditioned players on the WTA Tour, bringing a power game to women's tennis and taking it to new heights. Navratilova won nine Wimbledon singles titles, including six in a row from 1982, as well as three Australian, two French and four U.S. Opens.

Anderson was a member of four Australian Davis Cup teams, taking home titles in 1957 and 1973. In 1957, he became the first unseeded player to win the U.S. national singles championship.

- AFP

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