The couple hopes that the state will allow same-sex marriages to happen in the next year.The tennis legend won 18 Grand Slam singles titles during her successful career.On Saturday, however, all eyes were on an engagement ring instead of a tennis ball.

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Navratilova popped the question to the 42-year-old Russian model in the Tennis Channel suite while the couple was at the U.

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova married her longtime partner Julia Lemigova in New York on Monday. Earlier in September, Navratilova got down on one knee and proposed to Lemigova at the US Open.

Lemigova said she was "overwhelmed," while Navratilova said her newly updated marital status felt "just really odd." "I'm 58 years old, I got married for the first time – it's about time, right?

Martina Navratilova and her longtime partner Julia Lemigova have tied the knot!

The 58-year-old tennis legend and her love exchanged vows in New York City on Monday (December 15).

“I’m 58 years old, I got married for the first time – it’s about time, right? “Growing up as a gay woman you just don’t ever think about that, and then I thought, about 10 years ago, ‘You know, I think within 10 years gay marriage will be legal.’ And here we are, 10 years later, making it legal.” In case you don’t remember, Martina popped the question in September after dating Julia for eight years.

The retired tennis star tied the knot to longtime partner Julia Lemigova Monday in a private ceremony at the Peninsula hotel in New York City, the duo confirmed to the BBC. Open, on the Jumbotron and all that, but then it was, 'Why not? '" Navratilova told People magazine of the romantic proposal.

Martina Navratilova has a reason to celebrate this weekend!

The tennis legend proposed to her partner of six years, Julia Lemigova, at the U. Open Saturday afternoon and of course she said yes! It came off, and she said yes," Navratilova told reporters after the special moment. You've seen people propose at sporting events before, in movies, in real life and here it was happening to me."She added, "So I was like watching myself do that.