Martina Navratilova on 'DWTS': 'My nerves just got the best of me'
Martina Navratilova on Monday became a member of another elite group, joining Paulina Porizkova, Shannen Doherty, David Hasselhoff and a handful of others in the ranks of the folks first voted off "Dancing With the Stars."
But you won't hear the tennis legend complaining after the fact about her dip into what she called the "challenging sport" of pro dancing, as seen on the ABC show's 13th season.
"I gave it my all, and if I've inspired even one person, then it was all worth it," she told Sports Now on Wednesday after the "DWTS" results show Tuesday night.
She didn't blame a toe injury for her brain hiccup during Monday night's performance. "I think my nerves just got the best of me, and I just blanked for a second. I think I recovered pretty well too; it's just this season's cast is sooooo talented and the competition was fierce!"
"It allowed me to face down one of my biggest fears, and even though I didn't get the votes this week, I still feel like I really accomplished something," she said. "And not just putting on high heels and getting dressed up.
"I really felt like I learned to dance and I can walk away with my head held high knowing that I worked my tail off."
Photo: Martina Navratilova and partner Tony Dovolani perform on "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday. Credit: Adam Taylor / ABC.