New York: They did the cool thing, the classy thing, by bringing Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert out to embellish, or even to authenticate, the occasion of Serena Williams joining their 18 Grand Slam singles victory club Sunday evening after Williams toyed with Caroline Wozniacki in the U.S. Open final.
The request was made Saturday, Navratilova would say, after standing with Evert in a corner of court at Arthur Ashe Stadium, waiting for Mary Carillo to cue them to the presentation of the championship trophy and a shiny bracelet. (Match in pics)
Once upon an era, the career-long rivals Navratilova and Evert shared bagels in the locker room before fittingly finishing their careers with the same number of slams. Now it was their turn to hug and welcome into the fold a woman they - and Carillo, the former player and esteemed tennis commentator - didn't always shower with praise, didn't always think gave the game the respect it deserved. (Serena vows to continue her march)