Jana Novotna useless: Former Wimbledon winner dies aged 49 from cancer
Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died aged 49.
Novotna, a former world primary in doubles and quantity two in singles, handed away peacefully on Sunday after a battle with cancer, the WTA introduced.
An announcement learn: “It is with deep sadness that the WTA announces the passing on Sunday, November 19, of Jana Novotna, the former WTA World No.1 doubles and No.2 singles champion. After a long battle with cancer, Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic, aged 49.”
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WTA CEO Steve Simon added: “Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her. Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA. Our condolences and our thoughts are with Jana’s family.”
Novotna received 24 singles titles in a glittering 14-year profession on the skilled circuit together with her most well-known and crowning achievement coming in 1998 when she lastly lifted the Wimbledon crown after twice falling on the remaining hurdle.
Having been crushed in by Martina Hingis within the 1997 remaining, Novotna exacted her revenge a yr later by downing the Swiss within the semi-final and went on to defeat Frenchwoman Nathalie Tauziat to carry the crown.
Novotna loved a glittering profession headlined by her Wimbledon win in 1998 (Getty)
It was a second of redemption for fan favorite Novotna, who was in tears after shedding the 1993 remaining to Graf and was consoled by the Duchess of Kent on the trophy presentation.
She received 17 Grand Slam titles in whole together with 12 in doubles and 4 in combined doubles in addition to claiming silver medals on the 1988 and 1996 Olympics in addition to a bronze in Atlanta.
Former British primary Jo Durie paid tribute to Novotna’s spirit on court docket. She stated on Twitter: “Oh no how terrible sad. All thoughts to her family and friends. So glad Jana won Wimbledon. Such a fighter on court & a wicked sense of humour.”
Novotna’s biggest triumph got here in 1998 (PA Wire/PA Images)
Former American doubles star Pam Shriver added: “Jana was as kind as she was athletic, as smart as she was competitive. I can’t believe she is gone this soon. Her smile lives forever young.”
Former British participant Andrew Castle, now a commentator for the BBC, stated: “What a terrible shame. She was good fun of an evening, a champion on court, so tough to play against. And her smile was wonderful.”