Czech Wimbledon winner Jana Novotna dies aged 49 years
Prague, Nov 20 (CTK) – Czech tennis player Jana Novotna, winner of Wimbledon, died after a serious illness on Sunday at the age of 49 years, her family told CTK today. Photo: Pixabay
Novotna, who was placed second in singles and first in doubles in the WTA rankings in the past, won 24 WTA tournaments in singles and 76 in doubles and she scored a triumph in the Fed Cup once.
She won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1998 and was runner-up in three previous Grand Slam tournaments. She also won 12 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles.
She was a bronze medallist in singles in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 where she also won a silver medal in doubles with Helena Sukova. They also ended second in the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988.
“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,” WTA chief executive officer Steve Simon said.
Novotna ended her professional tennis career in 1999. Six years later, she was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.
After living in Florida for long, she returned to her native town of Brno seven years ago.
She worked as a tennis coach in the past years. She was training French Marion Bartolio shortly and from 2014, she cooperated with Czech player Barbora Krejcikova.
Novotna said in Wimbledon in 2015 that she loved tennis deeply.
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