Jana Novotna Dead At 49

Czech tennis player Jana Novotna, who won the Wimbledon women’s singles title in 1998, has died. She was 49.

A statement from the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) read: “After a long battle with cancer, Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic, aged 49.”

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Novotna won 24 singles titles and 16 grand slam doubles titles.

In the 1993 Wimbledon final, Novotna lost to Stefi Graf. Visibly upset and in tears, she was consoled by Duchess of Kent at the trophy presentation.

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