Act II of Navratilova's career ends with a win

Showing her competitive fangs till the very end, Martina Navratilova, one month shy of her 50th birthday, has finally decided to retire, for good.

Updated: September 11, 2006, 9:47 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Chapter Two of Martina Navratilova's career ended here Saturday night with a U.S. Open mixed doubles championship, making her one of the few great athletes in history to go out with a win. She just had to retire twice to do it.

This interlude was considerably shorter but arguably sweeter than Chapter One, in which the heroine of the story won 167 singles titles, more than any woman or man who ever played the game. Navratilova has made her point.

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