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Navratilova says private goodbye to the pros

| Monday, Sept. 11, 2006

More than an hour after her final pro match, way past midnight when the crowd was long gone, Martina Navratilova walked back into Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I took a photo on center court, just for posterity sake" she said.

A month before her 50th birthday, Navratilova finished off her competitive career Saturday night by winning her 59th Grand Slam title, teaming with Bob Bryan to take the mixed doubles championship at the U.S. Open. On Sunday, she was standing at the same spot to be inducted, along with the late Don Budge, into the U.S. Open Court of Champions.

"The body of work is what I'm proud of, and the passion that I bought to this sport," she said in the ceremony.

• Maria Sharapova's victory over Justine Henin-Hardenne drew the highest overnight TV rating for a women's final since 2002, when Serena Williams beat her sister, Venus. Sharapova's straight-sets win on CBS drew an average household rating of 3.2, up 3 percent from last year's telecast.

• Nathalie Dechy and Vera Zvonareva won the U.S. Open women's doubles title, beating Dinara Safina and Katarina Srebotnik, 7-6 (5), 7-5.


6 - Times Roger Federer broke Andy Roddick's service in the men's final yesterday. In the previous six rounds, Roddick had his serve broken a total of five times.

9 - Career Grand Slam titles Federer has won after his victory over Roddick yesterday. It was his third this year. Additional Information:

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