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Martina Navratilova on the secret of her success

The tennis great who is in Singapore to hold a clinic for youths spoke about her success in winning 59 majors.

SINGAPORE: Martina Navratilova, 18-time tennis grand slam singles champion, will play in the inaugural WTA Legends event in Singapore. The tournament will be held in conjunction with the season-ending WTA Championships in October.

As part of the build-up to the event, the 57-year-old was at the Singapore Sports Hub on Thursday (Aug 14). Besides imparting tennis tips to the local youths, Navratilova said that Singapore needs time to produce a top tennis professional.

"No matter how good you might be, if you don't have the right guidance, it's not going to happen for you. I was fortunate with the people that I worked with over the years, and I learned something with every coach that I worked with," she said.

"So, great coaching, facilities which now you seem to have and then numbers. You got to get the kids out there. And give them the opportunity, and hopefully they will fall in love with the sport."

Asked about the secret of her success, she said two words - "champions adjust". Versatility was the key to her longevity. She has won singles, doubles as well as mixed doubles titles, across 59 majors. 

On Friday, Navratilova got a taste of Singapore culture, trying her hand at Teh Tarik or 'pulling tea' at Tekka Market and learning about Peranakan history at the Katong Antique House. 

(Photo: Singapore Tourism Board)

She also checked out the Singapore Sports Hub and met with former bowling champion Adelene Wee and ex-national swimmers Pat Chan and Joscelin Yeo to share her thoughts on the development of sports.

(Photo: Singapore Tourism Board)

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