PARIS -- It is not a pure Grand Slam -- one won in a calendar year -- but Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver were very happy with the baby slam they won today.
They routed Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini, 6-2, 6-1, for the French Open women's doubles title, completing a cycle of four straight slam titles dating back to Wimbledon last year. It was their 16th Grand Slam title overall and Navratilova's 46th in singles and doubles -- 19 short of Margaret Court's all-time record.
It also completed a good week for Shriver, who won the mixed doubles with partner Emilio Sanchez on Saturday. "Three guys turned me down before I got Emilio," she said, joking. "I'm glad I got a partner."
It was also Shriver's first Grand Slam title without Navratilova as her partner. While it was certainly satisfying, it wasn't exactly what Shriver wants. "I'd like to win one where I stand out there by myself," she said. "A birthday present, maybe."
Birthday present? Shriver's 25th birthday is July 4. On that afternoon, someone will hold the women's singles championship plate on the centre court at Wimbledon. Not a bad gift idea for the tennis player who has everything else.