Navratilova owned Wimbledon's Center Court
July 7, 1990 - Eight was not enough for Martina Navratilova. Three years ago, she tied Helen Wills Moody's record of eight Wimbledon singles titles by winning her sixth straight. But Navratilova's dominance on center court ended when she was beaten in the last two finals by Steffi Graf.
"I knew I had one more in me," said the 33-year-old Navratilova. "There were no glitches this time. Everything came up nines." The victory improved her Wimbledon singles record to 99-9.
A win over Garrison was not surprising for Navratilova, now 28-1 over her 26-year-old opponent. "She was a step ahead of me the whole time," said Garrison, significant praise from the woman generally considered to be the quickest on the women's tour. "I can't comprehend even one title. Nine is just amazing. She really believes this is her court and that no one can take it away from her."
Navratilova said she hoped to meet the woman she had shared the record with some day. "I was in Carmel [where Helen Roark, formerly Moody, lives in California] a few years ago and I had the itch just to drive by her home, but I didn't want to invade her privacy," the queen of Wimbledon said. "I've always wanted to meet her, not just because I've broken her record."Odds 'n' Ends