Wimbledon Re-Lived 1978-90: Martina - The Greatest Champion


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With nine singles titles to her name, Martina Navratilova is the most successful player in Wimbledon history. In this episode, we focus on the first of her wins – in 1978 against Chris Evert – and the last of them – in 1990 against Zina Garrison.

In between analysing those matches, there’s discussion about the leaner years at the start of Navratilova’s career, her rivalry with Evert, the way she developed athletically into the sport’s most dominant figure, her special connection with Wimbledon, and the longevity of her career.

We also get Evert’s view on the 1978 final and hear Navratilova’s own reflections on her career.

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, and features Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.


We will be doing daily shows throughout the original Wimbledon dates, looking back on some of the tournament’s best matches and most important stories. You can watch extended highlights of Navratilova’s 1978 and 1990 victories on YouTube. Tomorrow we will be discussing John McEnroe vs. Bjorn Borg from 1980. Extended highlights and the full fourth set tiebreak are available.


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