Martina Navratilova Marries Julia Lemigova in New York, “I’m Terrified and Relieved”

Martina Navratilova has married her fiancee Julia Lemigova
Martina Navratilova has married her fiancee Julia Lemigova Uri Schanker/GC Images

Love all! Tennis great Martina Navratilova is a married woman.

The 58-year-old International Tennis Hall of Famer tied the knot with fiancee Julia Lemigova at New York's Peninsula hotel on Monday, Dec. 15.

Wearing a white turtleneck top, white pants and a sparkling silver jacket, the Tennis Channel analyst sat down with her new wife, and the BBC, to talk about her happy day just moments after saying, "I do."

Beaming with joy, Navratilova admitted she felt, "terrified and relieved" after the private ceremony for family and friends. "It's just really odd," she continued. "I'm 58 years old and I got married for the first time. It's about time, right?

"Growing up as a gay woman you just don't think about that, but then about 10 years ago I thought, 'In about 10 years, gay marriage will be legal,' and here we are," she said.

Navratilova, who has 18 Grand Slam titles to her name, proposed to Lemigova while the television cameras rolled at this year's US Open in September.

Russian model Lemigova says it was a shock. "I was so overwhelmed and surprised," she told the British news outlet. "But by proposing and marrying in such a public I way I hope we'll give inspiration to families like ours, that they too can be married legally one day."

Navratilova came out as gay in 1981 and has been dating Lemigova since 2006. Lemigova has two daughters from a previous relationship.

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