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    Martina Navratilova became the most successful player in the history of women's tennis when she beat Czechoslovakia's Jana Novotna in the final of the Virginia Slims tournament in Chicago on Sunday (February 16).

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    Martina Navratilova became the most successful player in the history of women's tennis when she beat Czechoslovakia's Jana Novotna in the final of the Virginia Slims tournament in Chicago on Sunday (February 16).

    Her 7-6(7-4),4-6,7-5 victory earnt the 35-year-old Czech-born American citizen her 158th singles title, one more than another American, Chris Evert, who retired in 1989. .

    Navratilova won her first singles title in her native Czechoslovakia in 1973. She has since gone on to become the highest money winner of all-time with more than 17-million dollars in prize money adding another 70,000 dollars to the total with her record-breaking victory. She says she doesn't remember the details of all her triumphs, among them 18 Grand Slam titles.

    A supreme player on grass - many experts believe the best ever - half of her Grand Slam titles have been Wimbledon championships.

    She first won the event in 1978, retained the title the following year, and set a record by winning it for six successive years between 1982 and 1987. She won Wimbledon again in 1990. Three victories in Australia, two in France and four in the United States complete her Grand Slam collection.

    Navratilova said the record total required such a long, consistent run it would likely last a very long time.

    "It's a kind of record that won't be broken," Navratilova said. "You have to essentially win 12 tournaments a year for 13 or 14 years to equal that. People don't play that many tournaments any more. I used to play 20 tournaments a year."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8K1BH5EL89KTDPR1DA5PFUWP1
    Media URN:
    VLVA8K1BH5EL89KTDPR1DA5PFUWP1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:59:00
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    N/A

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