It was no big shocker that Martina Navratilova was the first celeb booted off of the 14th season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." The tennis pro was clearly out of her element every step of the way on the dancing competition-from the glam makeover to the awkward 17-point jive with partner Tony Dovolani.
Right from the start, on the show's premiere night, she and Dovolani landed at the bottom of the leader board for a permanent stay, before being given their walking papers by host Tom Bergeron during the show's first elimination on Tuesday night.
Still, the woman who has been called "the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived" (by Billie Jean king, no less!) should hold her head high.
Sure, it stinks to be the first person voted off of "DWTS." Just ask David Hasselhoff. Navratilova joins an exclusive club that includes members such as Shannen Doherty, Kenny Mayne and Penn Gillette. It's a club no one who signs on to the show ever wants to be a part of.
Still, Martina had fun with it-even up to the fateful results night when she feigned surprise after it was announced that she was in jeopardy. "Really?" she mouthed, in faux shock. "What?" Pretend outrage.
Because let's face it, Martina is used to winning.
An ESPN breakdown of her stats lists her wins at 354 career titles: 167 singles, 177 women's doubles, and 10 mixed doubles. She's taken 59 Grand Slam titles (18 singles, 31 women's doubles, 10 mixed doubles) - and she's tied with Billie Jean King to win 20 Wimbledon titles, an all-time record.
After all of that, so what if a little foxtrot and jive had her faltering?
On the "DWTS" premiere, she joked that her biggest concern in the competition was "high heels."
Still, she took herself out of her comfort zone and breezed through the competition with class and grace, showing fans a side of her that they had never seen before-and probably won't see ever again.
Or will they?
According to People, Martina's dancing days may not be completely over. After her elimination on Tuesday night she said, "I will absolutely continue dancing. I love it. I will continue taking lessons. I enjoy what it does to my body and my mind."
You can catch the next episode of "Dancing With the Stars" Season 14 on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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