The first time 21-year-old Karin Kschwendt met Martina Navratilova was shortly before they went out on the court Saturday to play their third-round match.
"My heart was booming," said Kschwendt, the first player from Luxembourg to compete at Wimbledon. Navratilova won, 6-1, 6-1, and advanced to the quarterfinals against Judith Weisner of Austria, who defeated Laura Gildemeister of Peru, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
Kschwendt went quickly, in 44 minutes.
"It's good my parents did not come," she said.
Navratilova scouted Kschwendt's second-round match so she knew what Kschwendt looked like. Kschwendt already knew what Navratilova looked like, but she wasn't prepared for how she felt to see her in person.
"I knew her so well from TV, but to meet her in real life, it's really scary," Kschwendt said.
Fourth-seeded Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina received no scares in her third-round match with France's Catherine Tanvier, 6-4, 6-2.