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Navratilova ready for her return

Martina Navratilova insists she's not out to win. She simply wants to enjoy herself.

Navratilova, who retired 5{ years ago, will play doubles today at the Madrid Open with Mariaan de Swardt.

"We hope to do well, obviously, but winning was not on my mind when I decided to play. I thought it'd be fun," the 43-year-old said after practice Monday.

Navratilova is playing in Madrid as part of her preparations for the French Open and Wimbledon. She has no expectations about winning Wimbledon.

"Right now, I'm just thinking about our first match here," she said. ". . . Hopefully, I'll win a few matches and then I'll get out there on the grass again."

Navratilova has won 167 singles titles, more than any man or woman, and 165 in doubles. She has won 19 Wimbledon titles, and another doubles title would tie Navratilova with Billie Jean King for most championships at the All England Club.

"I'm playing okay," she said. "It's going to be very nervous for me, but hopefully I'll be all right."

Mary Pierce is seeded No. 1 in the $170,000 clay-court tournament followed by Amy Frazier, Ai Sugiyama and Lisa Raymond.

In the opening round, Iva Majoli defeated Patricia Wartusch 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.

Lindsay Davenport, who won the event last year, pulled out after injuring her back in Italy last week.

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