posted on Jun, 11 2003 @ 06:49 PM
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is aiming to play singles once more after requesting wild-card entry into next week's Hastings Direct International
The 46-year-old nine-times Wimbledon champion, who made a singles comeback at the same event 12 months ago, wants to play singles to sharpen her
doubles play ahead of Wimbledon, where she will be seeking to add to her amazing tally of 170 doubles titles.
Navratilova and Australia's Alicia Molik reached the second round of the doubles in the DFS Classic in Birmingham on Wednesday with a 2-6 6-4 6-4
victory over number four seeds Nathalie Dechy and Emilie Loit of France.
"I would have played singles here if I could have got here sooner," she said.
"But I had a broken tooth to get fixed in Paris and I couldn't leave until Saturday.
"I'm trying to get in (to Eastbourne) because it makes me play better for the doubles but it would be too much to play singles at Wimbledon."
Navratilova, wearing her trademark shorts and a baseball cap back to front, looked as fit as ever as she thrilled the centre-court crowd at Edgbaston
with her agility and deft touches.
She admitted she was unlikely to play on until the age of 50 but has no plans to hang up a racket for a second time just yet.
"I feel I am hitting the ball as well as I was in the '80s," she said.
Well what can i say 46 years old and still has the hunger to play...:tum: