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Navratilova prepared to fight

Updated: April 7, 2010, 5:50 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford, ESPN.com

As Billie Jean King once said, Martina Navratilova has always been comfortable in her own skin, which made some of her previous public transformations easier than they would be for us mere mortals.

Navratilova, unwilling to submit to personal or governmental repression, made the difficult decision to defect from then-communist Czechoslovakia as a teenager. She spoke openly about her sexuality when that kind of honesty was still novel in our culture. She rejected the notion that ...

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