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Two champions in conversation at Wimbledon

Martina Navratilova and Petra Kvitova.
by Alexandra Willis
Tuesday 7 February 2012

The All England Club hosted two very special visitors this week as Martina Navratilova and Petra Kvitova spent a morning wandering the Grounds, exchanging their memories of winning at Wimbledon.

For 21-year-old Kvitova, who became the first left-hander to win the ladies' singles at Wimbledon since Navratilova in 1990, and the first Czech since their compatriot Jana Novotna in 1998, it was her first trip to SW19 since lifting the trophy in such emphatic fashion last summer, and she enjoyed the opportunity to re-live the experience while talking to Navratilova.

One of the greatest players to compete at The Championships, Navratilova holds the record for nine singles titles across three decades, entering a fourth decade with the Mixed Doubles title in the year 2003 at the age of 46.

Making sure to run over to a court and touch the grass, albeit snow-covered, Navratilova and Kvitova chattered 10 to the dozen, lapsing into Czech every now and again.

The pair also paid a visit to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, which houses both Kvitova's winning outfit from 2011, and Navratilova's winning attire from the 1980s.

Inspecting the Championship trophies in both the Clubhouse and the Museum, Navratilova admitted she had made only three trips to Wimbledon outside of The Championships, and that every time, it had transported her back to her many moments at SW19.

Admiring the list of champions inside the Clubhouse, Navratilova even gave Kvitova a poetry lesson, reciting Rudyard Kipling's 'If', much to the young Czech's bemusement.

But the best line was saved for Kvitova. "How many titles do you want to win," Navratilova enquired. "Nine," Kvitova said grinning. 

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