Martina Navratilova out of Wimbledon

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Former nine-time champion Martina Navratilova has been defeated by Gisela Dulko 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon: Former nine-time champion Martina Navratilova has been defeated by Gisela Dulko 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round at Wimbledon. The 47 year old Navratilova, playing singles at Wimbledon for the first time in 10 years, lost to Dulko - the same player who beat her in the first round of the French Open last month. Navratilova received a long ovation from the Court 3 crowd as she sat on her chair. She stood and waved to acknowledge the applause. Meanwhile, Goran Ivanisevic, recreating some of the magic of his improbable run to the 2001 title, pulled out a five-set victory to set up a third-round showcase against former champion Hewitt. The Croatian, who missed Wimbledon the last two years with injuries and is retiring after these championships, was his usual animated self as he came up with the big shots at the right time to outlast Italy's Filippo Volandri, 4-6, 7-6 (8), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. After closing out the match with a service winner, Ivanisevic stuck out his tongue and tossed his racket into the crowd. He then stripped off his shirt and tossed it into the stands, basking in a huge ovation from the Court 2 fans. Hewitt, who won the 2002 championship after the Croatian was unable to defend his title because of a shoulder injury, defeated Georgia's Irakli Labadze 6-4, 6-4, 6-1. Federer, the top-seeded defending champion, beat Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 in just 54 minutes - one of the fastest men's matches in recent Grand Slam history - to sweep into the third round. (AP)
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