Tennis legend Martina Navratilova missed the chance to break the Wimbledon record of 20 titles after failing to reach the women’s doubles final.
The 47-year-old Navratilova equalled Billie Jean King’s mark last year when she won the mixed doubles title with India’s Leander Paes.
Her singles comeback ended in the second round last week and she lost her grip on the mixed doubles trophy with a defeat by brother and sister pairing Wayne and Cara Black in the third round on Friday.
And today she and fellow American Lisa Raymond were beaten 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 in the semi-finals of the women’s doubles by Liezel Huber, of South Africa, and Japan’s Ai Sugiyama.
The Americans raced into a 3-0 lead but Navratilova, who was ranked the best women’s doubles player in the world from 1981-83, twice dropped her serve to let her opponents back in the set.
When Huber held in the 11th game, it was the first time the third seeds had been behind and they let slip a 4-3 lead in the tie-break to lose it 7-4.
Navratilova and Raymond were a break down in the second set when rain forced a 35-minute delay and, although they got it back on serve, Navratilova produced a double fault on match point to concede the match and with it her chance to create history.