Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49. 

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49. 
Photo Credit To There was power to Novotna's game but she combined it with wonderfully soft hands

The Czech player lost her long battle with cancer and died peacefully surrounded by her family, according to the WTA.

 Jana Novotna won the Wimbledon title in 1998 having twice lost in the final

She was famously consoled on Centre Court by the Duchess of Kent after the 1993 disappointment, crying on the royal’s shoulder.

She captured the hearts of fans at SW16 after bursting into tears following the loss to Steffi Graf.

Novotna beat Martina Hingis in the semi-final before overcoming Frenchwoman Nathalie Tauziat to lift the crown.

 Novotna achieved a career high ranking of world No 2 and is in the tennis Hall of Fame
The Duchess of Kent was also on hand to congratulate the Czech after winning
Novotna was known for her serve-volley prowess during her successful career

‘Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her,’ said WTA chief executive Steve Simon.

‘Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA. Our condolences and our thoughts are with Jana’s family,’ he added.

Novotna was known for her entertaining style of play and attacking serve-volley approach with supreme athleticism allowing her to compete with the greats of her generation.

Source: Mail Online


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