Ex-Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna Dies Of Cancer At 49
Jana Novotna, a former Wimbledon champion, died in her native Czech Republic on Sunday at age 49.
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Novotna — who famously cried on the Duchess of Kent’s shoulder after losing a Wimbledon singles final in 1993 — had cancer. She won Wimbledon in 1998.
Throughout her 12-year career, she earned 17 Grand Slam titles, 16 of them in doubles and mixed doubles, in addition to three Olympic medals.
Novotna fell to Steffi Graf 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-4 in the finals at London’s All England Club after leading 4-1 in the last set. She defeated France’s Nathalie Tauziat five years later for the Wimbledon trophy.
“Jana was an inspiration both on and off the court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her,” said Steve Simon, the World Tennis Association’s chief executive. “Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the W.T.A.”
The All England Club is deeply saddened to hear the news of Jana Novotna’s passing. She was a true champion in all senses of the word, and her 1998 triumph will live long in the memory.
The thoughts of all those at Wimbledon are with her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/IiAVEM2IxP
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) November 20, 2017
Novotna retired from professional tennis in 1999 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.
Here are more tributes to the Czech right-hander:
You battled bravely Jana Novotná. May you rest in peace.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) November 20, 2017
The tennis world is so sad about the passing of Jana Novotna…I am gutted and beyond words- Jana was a true friend and an amazing woman…
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) November 20, 2017
A sad loss to the tennis world, but a devastating loss to those of us who shared a deep friendship with her…a woman with integrity and honor. RIP Jana.
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) November 20, 2017
3 Sep 1999: Jana Novotna of Czech Republic returns the ball during a match in the US Open at the USTA National Tennis Courts in Flushing Meadows, New York. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport