Navratilova to play in two events this month

Updated: April 6, 2004, 3:02 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Martina Navratilova will play singles at age 47 in two tournaments this month, her first tournament-sponsored singles matches in the United States since 1994.

Navratilova will play singles at the Bausch & Lomb championship and the following week at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.

Navratilova's singles history
  Total Rank Last
Wins 1,440 1st 2002
Titles 167 1st 1994
Slams 18 T-3rd 1990
Yrs. in top 10 20 1st 1994

"I'm going to give it my best shot and just have fun," Navratilova said. "I'm playing singles to help my doubles. In singles you're covering every angle of the court. It'll help me get a better rhythm."

Martina Navratilova's first opponent at Bausch & Lomb will be Milagros Sequera after Kristina Brandi withdrew with a foot injury.

The winner of a record 167 singles titles, Navratilova accepted a wild-card invitation to Amelia Island event that started Monday. Her last singles match in a U.S. tournament was the Virginia Slims championship, which she lost to Gabriela Sabatini.

Navratilova became the oldest woman to win a WTA Tour-sanctioned singles match at Eastbourne, England in 2002 at 45 years, 8 months. She turns 48 in October.

Navratilova said she hopes to play singles at Eastbourne again. She said she's undecided about playing singles at Wimbledon.

"I'm going to take it week by week," she said.

Navratilova has said this will be her final year of tournament play. She lost in doubles Friday with Lisa Raymond in the semifinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Likhovtseva, 6-4, 6-4.

Ranked No. 1 at various times from 1978 to 1987, Navratilova has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 40 Grand Slam doubles titles.

She's a three-time champion at Amelia Island, with the first title coming in 1980, and she has won four titles at Charleston.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.