Navratilova applauded despite defeat

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Thousands of fans gave a standing ovation to Martina Navratilova even after she lost in what was her second match in her homeland in two decades.

Prague:

Thousands of fans gave a standing ovation to Martina Navratilova on Thursday even after she lost in what was her second match in her homeland in two decades. Navratilova and her doubles partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic lost to Ashley Harkleroad and Bethanie Mattek of the United States 6-4, 6-2 in the Prague Open. "It's a pity. I hoped for a better result. I did what I could but was not able to prevent (the loss)," Navratilova said after the match. "We didn't play as well as we did in the first match," Navratilova added. May keep playing Navratilova, who turns 50 in October, did not rule out a return next year. "It was my first tournament (in Prague), but I can't say it was the last one for 100 percent. What I know is I'll play till the year's end. What happens next I don't know yet," Navratilova said. Navratilova defected from the former communist Czechoslovakia in 1975 and became a US citizen in 1981. (AP)

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