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GARRISON ENDS SELES’ 36-MATCH WIN STREAK

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Martina Navratilova set two Wimbledon records and looked to the future. Zina Garrison ended Monica Seles' winning streak by drawing upon the past.

Navratilova won her record 97th Wimbledon singles match and moved into her 13th consecutive semifinals - another record - by defeating Katerina Maleeva 6-1, 6-1 on Tuesday.It was another big step toward Navratilova's ultimate goal, a record-shattering ninth Wimbledon singles title.

"Two more and I'll be at 99," she said, realizing full well that two more victories this year would mean another title. Navratilova, the second seed, will play No. 4 Gabriela Sabatini in the semifinals.

Garrison ended Seles' 36-match winning streak in a 3-6, 6-3, 9-7 thriller and faces a semifinal encounter with top-seeded Steffi Graf, who defeated Jana Novotna on Tuesday.

Graf recovered from a slow start to defeat Novotna, the 13th seed, 7-5, 6-2, while Sabatini outlasted 11th-seeded Natalia Zvereva 6-2, 2-6, 8-6.

The only time Garrison and Seles had met was at last year's French Open and it left bitter memories for Garrison. She angrily rebuffed Seles' on-court offer of a rose before that match and then went on to lose 6-3, 6-2.

This time, Garrison squandered a 4-1 lead in the final set before eliminating the third seed. Deprived of her serve-and-volley game for much of the match by Seles' passing shots, Garrison used powerful groundstrokes and delicate dropshots to win.

"What goes around comes around, that's for sure," Garrison said after reaching her second Wimbledon semifinal. She lost to Navratilova in 1985.

Garrison, who is more comfortable on grass than the slow clay of the French Open, entered the contest determined to attack Seles. But she retreated to the baseline early in the first set after getting passed several times at the net.

"She was hitting the ball unbelievably in the first set," Garrison said. "At that particular time, I just saw no way that I could get back into the match."

But Seles started missing and Garrison rebounded, using her athletic ability and power to hand Seles her first defeat in 37 matches since March.

Navratilova needed only 47 minutes to oust Maleeva and show that she may be old in tennis terms, but not old enough to stop making her mark in the history books.

"If you play long enough and play well enough, you break some records," she said after supassing Chris Evert's mark of 96 singles victories at Wimbledon. "I'm not a dinosaur by any stretch of the imagination. I'm a meteor."