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Gigi Fernandez carved her own path

Updated: October 15, 2014, 1:52 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | espnW

Gigi Fernandez was 14 when she watched the 1978 Wimbledon women's singles final between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert from her home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"It was the first time I became aware of this thing called professional tennis," Fernandez said.

Five years later, Fernandez became the first female athlete from her country to turn professional in any sport.

"We didn't have tennis coverage so it was probably the first time I ever saw tennis on TV, ...

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