1978- Her win at Wimbledon makes Martina Navratilova the number one ranked female tennis player in the world. The same year, she meets novelist Rita Mae Brown, & the two begin an intense, short-lived relationship. Their differing values may doom the relationship from the beginning. According to Navratilova, Brown makes it clear that, "...it's only sports. She would say, 'Sports are just to keep your mind off everything else & they don't enhance the culture of the mind.'"