Jana Novotna Dead: Wimbledon Champion Dies at 49

Esther Moore
November 21, 2017

Former Wimbledon champ loses battle to cancer at the age of 49 Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna was a true victor but it was the misfortune of the brilliant Czech, who died on Monday aged 49, to always be recalled for one of sport's most famous and heart-rending meltdowns despite her collection of 100 tennis titles.

How should the message of the organization, its members, with deep sorrow announce the death of Jana Novotny who passed away on November 19.

Novotna won the Wimbledon women's singles title in 1998 and was beaten by Steffi Graf in the 1993 final. The win came five years after Novotna lost a 4-1 lead to top-seeded Steffi Graf in the final set of the 1993 Wimbledon singles final and then famously cried on the Duchess of Kent's shoulder.

"Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her", he said. "Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the W.T.A".

Novotna turned professional in 1987 and retired in 1999. - "Always the champion" - "Jana was as kind as she was athletic, as smart as she was competitive". "Unfortunately, she started playing better and I did not".

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"She was a true champion in all senses of the word, and her 1998 triumph will live long in the memory".

The WTA statement added that she died peacefully, surrounded by friends and family. "What sadness to start the day with this bad news, Jana Novotna leaves us too soon".

She won three Olympic medals, securing a bronze in singles and silver in doubles with Helena Sukova in Atlanta in 1996.

She remained a strong supporter of the Czech Republic's Fed Cup teams, whose success in the past decade has matched the strong run of Czechoslovak teams in the 1980s. Czech star Karolina Pliskova, the former world number one and 2016 US Open finalist, also paid tribute to her fallen compatriot.

Barabara Schett also played alongside Novotna in invitational events and she wrote: "What a wonderful person, lovely soul tennis player and role model we have lost today. Thoughts and Prayers with Jana's family".

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