"We had a lot of fun," says the tennis icon, who vows to keep dancing

By Dahvi Shira
March 28, 2012 09:00 AM

Two weeks of low scores on a competitive season was too much to overcome for Martina Navratilova and her partner Tony Dovolani, who became the first couple to go on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.

“I’ll miss Tony,” Navratilova, 55, told reporters backstage after her elimination. “We had a lot of fun. I started feeling the dances better. And I really felt so much more confident yesterday than the first week. Go figure.”

When asked if he had any regrets about leaving the show first, Dovolani told PEOPLE, “Absolutely not,” adding, “Martina’s probably one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever had the chance to work with. Not only is she a female icon, but she has probably the kindest heart I’ve ever met. So, I’m actually pretty destroyed right now.”

Getting low marks from Dancing‘s judges doesn’t discourage Navratilova from keeping up her ballroom efforts.

“I will absolutely continue dancing,” she said. “I love it. I will continue taking lessons. I enjoy what it does to my body and my mind.”

Navratilova has no hard feelings about her early elimination, and says she’ll be watching to see which of her fierce former competitors will make the semifinals.

“I want to see how everybody does,” she says. “Roshon [Fegan] has dance experience, and Katherine [Jenkins] is dancing amazingly well. So, I think it’s between those two.”