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Martina might run for office

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Published September 25, 2003

LEIPZIG, Germany - Martina Navratilova plans to get into public service after she stops serving and volleying in 2005.

Navratilova, who turns 47 next month, said Wednesday at the Sparkassen Cup tournament that she plans to play through the end of next season. Then she wants to get involved with American politics, perhaps running for office.

"If Arnold Schwarzenegger can run for governor in California, then who knows? I have the muscles," said Navratilova, a Czech-born U.S. citizen who lives in Colorado. "I will be involved, especially the way things are going right now. The conservative party is too strong."

She ranks among the greatest tennis players ever, with 58 Grand Slam titles: 18 in singles, 31 in doubles, and nine in mixed doubles.

Navratilova retired in 1994, then returned to action in 2000, playing mostly doubles.

She has won two major mixed doubles titles this year, at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She and Svetlana Kuznetsova were the runners-up in the U.S. Open women's doubles competition this month.

"I felt 50-50 about playing next year, but then the idea of playing in the 2004 Olympics came up and that was a big carrot," Navratilova said.

She and Kuznetsova beat Aniko Kapros and Lydia Steinbach 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Sparkassen Cup.

In other action Wednesday, Patty Schnyder overcame a 5-2 deficit in the third set to beat fifth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) and reach the quarterfinals.

Venus, Davenport out

MOSCOW - Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport withdrew from next week's Kremlin Cup, while Marat Safin is expected to return after missing nearly five months with a wrist injury. Williams, whose half-sister was killed this month, confirmed she won't play. She has been sidelined since Wimbledon with a stomach muscle injury. Davenport, last year's runner-up, has a left foot injury that needs surgery.

THAILAND OPEN: Top-ranked Juan Carlos Ferrero edged Dick Norman 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) in the first round in Nonthaburi, Thailand. No. 4 seed Paradorn Srichaphan, No. 3 Carlos Moya and No. 8 Taylor Dent also advanced.

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Third-seeded David Sanchez was upset by Oscar Hernandez 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (10-8) in the first round in Palermo, Sicily.

HEINEKEN OPEN: Top-seeded Jiri Novak and two-time champion Magnus Norman won to reach the quarterfinals in Shanghai, China.

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