Martina Navratilova was rarely beaten on the tennis court but the dance floor proved an insurmountable challenge for the famed athlete. On Tuesday night, she was the first celebrity to be eliminated on Season 14’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Martina’s Monday night jive received the lowest score, a 17, and it was clear she couldn’t keep up with the fast dance – or the rest of the strong celebrity field.
After the elimination show, a visibly disappointed Martina told reporters, “I blew it yesterday so that’s what happens. I guess I couldn’t make it up in the voting but I gave it everything I had. That’s all I can ever do.
“I was anxious about the first fast step and I just got lost and I could never catch up,” she shrugged about her Monday night experience. “I think there are a lot of people [here] that have dance experience. I ran into a buzz saw. I think I would have had a better shot any other year.”
Meanwhile, her partner, Tony Dovolani, was almost speechless when asked about Martina’s ouster. “I’m destroyed right now,” he said, after collecting himself. “I wanted her to last longer. She has the kindest heart.”
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Martina paid tribute to Tony, saying he was “a fantastic teacher. I lost the first round of voting but I gained a friend, so that’s actually a better thing than staying on and not having that relationship. We had a lot of fun.”
Then Martina made herself – and reporters—laugh when she mistakenly said of her heterosexual and married dance partner, “he’s my best gay guy — gay guy?! Best guy friend that I have. He’s most definitely not gay.”
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But Martina is openly gay herself and said now that she’s through with DWTS, “I have all this free time so I guess I’m going to go see my girlfriend a little bit earlier than I thought and figure out [what I’ll do next].”
Sadly, Martina won’t get the chance to do next week’s episode – in which all the stars are set to do dances inspired by personal stories. “It was [to be about] my struggle in 2010 with breast cancer and encouraging women to get screened and show solidarity,” she told Xfinitytv. “Now that’s not going to be shown. I’m disappointed about that—I just wanted to get to week three and it didn’t happen.”
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