Sad news in the tennis world today. After a long battle with cancer, former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna passed away Sunday at the age of 49, the WTA announced.
Novotna won 24 singles titles, 76 in doubles, reached a career high No. 2. She won Wimbledon in 1998 beating Nathalie Tauziat, and reached the finals two other times, famously losing a 4-1 lead the third to Steffi Graf in 1993, then breaking down on the Dutchess of Kent’s shoulder during the trophy ceremony.
Steve Simon, WTA CEO, said: “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.”
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