posted on Jun, 21 2004 @ 04:44 PM
Nine-times champion Martina
Navratilova marked her return to singles action at Wimbledon with a vintage display to breeze through her opening-round match against Catalina Castano
on court two.
The 47-year-old, awarded a wild card by the All England Club following a 10-year absence, rolled back the years as even an interruption for rain could
not halt her progress against the young Colombian.
Martina Navratilova swept aside Catalina Castano 6-0 6-1 in just 46 minutes. Navratilova, 47, making her first return to singles since 1994, knew too
much for the Colombian opponent as she raced 5-0 ahead on a packed Court Two.
Even a rain break could not dent her concentration as she stayed in control. Castano finally held her serve to win the 12th game, her first of the
match, and had a break point in the next, but could not stop the nine-time champion. Castano is ranked 102nd in the world but had played just four
matches on grass in her career.
The inevitable soon followed, though, as despite saving three match points, the 24-year-old finally succumbed, another unforced error, this time long
with her forehand return, giving Navratilova a comfortable straight-sets victory in just over 46 minutes of action.
Navratilova will next face Gisela Dulko, the woman who thrashed her in the first round at Roland Garros.