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Thursday, July 5, 2001
Updated: July 3, 3:32 PM ET
Ninth time is the charm for Navratilova

By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 7, 1990

Martina Navratilova breaks her tie with Helen Wills Moody and becomes the first player to win nine Wimbledon singles titles when she dismantles Zina Garrison, 6-4, 6-1 in a 75-minute final.

"There were no glitches this time," says Navratilova, who lost the last two finals to Steffi Graf. "Everything came up nines." The victory improved Navratilova's Wimbledon singles record to 99-9.

A win over Garrison is not surprising for the 33-year-old Navratilova, who is 28-1 over her younger opponent. "She was a step ahead of me the whole time," Garrison says.

Navratilova says she hopes 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," Navratilova says. "I've always wanted to meet her, not just because I've broken her record."