Navratilova released from hospital

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Tennis great Martina Navratilova was released from the hospital on Sunday after recovering from high altitude pulmonary edema during her attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Navratilova, who was participating in the climb with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, was assisted down the mountain on Friday with an accumulation of fluid in her lungs and driven to the nearby Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre.

She was then flown to Nairobi Hospital and tests revealed the severity of her condition, though she has since fully recovered.

"I am feeling much better and really pleased to be going home. I'd like to thank all the staff at the Nairobi Hospital, who were wonderful, and really took care of me," Navratilova said. "I have been very touched by all the messages of support I have received over the past few days."

The 54-year-old Navratilova and her team of 27 climbers began the journey to the 19,340-foot summit on Monday. A total of 18 made it to the summit on Saturday despite severe weather conditions.

Navratilova won a record 167 singles titles during her illustrious career -- the first victory coming in 1974 and the last in 1994. She captured 18 Grand Slam singles crowns, half of those coming at Wimbledon, and was the top-ranked player in the world for 331 weeks.

Also a storied doubles player, Navratilova won 31 Grand Slam doubles titles and 10 mixed doubles championships -- the last coming at the 2006 U.S. Open at age 49 with Bob Bryan.


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