The American of Czech origin Martina Navratilova, winner of 18 Grand Slam tournaments, assured that the WTA Finals, based in Guadalajara, Mexico, do not have a clear favorite: “It is an open field this year, there is no favorite And the question is how the tennis players are going to react to the altitude (1566 meters); the ball travels differently, faster, and that is difficult to handle, “he told EFE the nine-time Wimbledon champion.
“Everything will depend on how they can control, that they adapt to the speed of the court. The number one, Aryna Sabalenka, has not played in recent months and has not shown her best tennis, the Estonian Annet Kontaveit has won 26 of her last 28 games and it is necessary to see if it maintains the momentum “, indicated when referring to two of the eight figures in the tournament table.
Recognized as one of the legends of world sport in the 20th century, Navratilova marked an era in tennis with 332 weeks at world number one in 1978 and 1987 and victories in all four ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments: Australia, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.
These days she is an ambassador of the so-called teachers’ tournament with the best players in the world and she did not escape the current situation of women’s tennis where there are many players who are candidates to win tournaments, but she regretted the absence of a superstar. “It is good to have equality but not at the sacrifice of a superstar who takes control; Naomi Osaka did not come, Serena Williams has not played anymore,” he explained.