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Navratilova named in Fed Cup side

Navratilova celebrates 2003 Wimbledon mixes doubles win with Leander Paes
Navratilova celebrates 2003 Wimbledon mixes doubles win with Leander Paes

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LONDON, England -- Martina Navratilova will put her unbeaten Fed Cup record on the line next month when she lines up for the United States against Belgium after an eight-year break from the women's tennis team competition.

Navratilova, unbeaten in 37 Fed Cup ties, will be 47-years-old when the Americans tackle Belgium in Moscow on November 19-20, becoming the oldest player to compete in the 40-year history of Fed Cup.

Navratilova is joined by Meghann Shaughnessy, Lisa Raymond and Alexandra Stevenson in the U.S. team.

"This team is very excited about going to Moscow and we are going there to win," said U.S. captain Billie Jean King.

"Martina brings additional power to our line-up and prestige to this international competition. We are all looking forward to going to Moscow and bringing the Fed Cup back to the United States."

Navratilova equalled King's record of 20 Wimbledon titles with her 2003 mixed doubles crown with Leander Paes (above) and reached last year's U.S. Open doubles final with Svetlana Kuznetsova.

She holds 18 singles, 31 doubles and nine mixed doubles grand slam titles plus a record 167 singles and 172 doubles WTA Tour titles.

Navratilova last played Fed Cup in 1995. She has competed in 21 Fed Cup ties, 16 representing the U.S. and five with Czechoslovakia.

As a member of the U.S. Fed Cup team, Navratilova's record stands at 28-0.

The winner of the U.S.-Belgium semi-final will face the winner of France-Russia in the final.

Belgian captain Ivo Van Aken has until November 9 to name his team members.

Holder of a record 17 championships, the U.S. last won the Fed Cup in 2000 when the team defeated Spain 5-0.

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