- Martina Navratilova is one of the most successful women's tennis players of all time
- She won 167 singles titles on the WTA Tour, including 18 grand slam crowns
- Navratilova is a campaigner for gay rights and a television pundit
(CNN)Here is a look at the life of tennis great Martina Navratilova.
Birth date: October 18, 1956
Birth place: Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
Birth name: Martina Subertova
Father: Miroslav Subert
Mother: Jana Navratilova
Marriage: Julia Lemigova (December 15, 2014-present)
Her parents divorced when she was young. She was raised by her stepfather, Mirek Navratil, and took his last name. He was her first tennis coach.
She plays tennis left-handed.
1972 - Wins the Czech National Championship.
1975 - At the age of 18, Navratilova defects to the United States.
1978 - Wins her first singles title at Wimbledon against Chris Evert.
1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 - Is named Player of the Year by the Women's Tennis Association.
1981 - Becomes a naturalized citizen of the United States.
1983 - Wins her first U.S. Open.
1992 - Breaks the tournament titles record with 158 titles, more than any other person.
1994 - Retires from playing singles having won 167 titles.
2003 - Becomes the oldest player to compete in the Fed Cup.
2004 - Participates in the Summer Olympics in Athens as the oldest tennis player.
February 24, 2010 - Is diagnosed with a non-invasive breast cancer, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
March 15, 2010 - Undergoes a lumpectomy.
May 12, 2010 - Begins radiation treatment at L'Institut Curie in Paris.
June 5, 2010 - Competes in the senior women's doubles at the French Open and wins.
March 27, 2012 - Is eliminated as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."