Martina Navratilova plays in Prague

Martina Navratilova, best female tennis-player of history is after 20 years back as a player in Czech Republic. She plays double with Barbora Strycova at Prague Open 2006.

Martina Navratilova is almost fifty years old and now she tried to show how she can play tennis after years. Prague tennis court is very special to her. Although she was born and grew in Czechoslovakia, she played only about ten matches out of 2500 of her life. It is because she escaped from communistic regime when she was young and has become citizen of USA.

Navratilova returned to her homeland – Czech Republic three or four times a year after Velvet Revolution. Still she has family here. Now she is trying to get both USA and Czech citizenship.

Her first match at Prague Open was great. She was little nervous at the beginning – after many many years she played before their home audience. Although she is not so fast as she was young, she has great technique and tons of experience. Together with Barbora Strycova won match against double Blahotová(CZ)-Rolle(USA) after 65 minutes 6:2, 6:3. Navratilova, Strycova had match ball from position 5:0.
Next challengers are Americans Harkleroad-Mattek in quarterfinals.

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