For­mer Wim­ble­don cham­pion Jana Novotna dies aged 49

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Emo­tional tributes from across the world of ten­nis poured in for for­mer Wim­ble­don cham­pion Jana Novotna after her death at the age of 49 fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with can­cer. Novotna won the Wim­ble­don ti­tle in 1998 beat­ing Venus Wil­liams and Martina Hingis on the way to her vic­tory over France’s Nathalie Tauziat in the fi­nal. After a long bat­tle with ill­ness she died ear­lier this week in her na­tive Czech Repub­lic sur­rounded by her fam­ily, a WTA (Women’s Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion) state­ment said. She played in two other Wim­ble­don sin­gles fi­nals, los­ing to St­effi Graf in 1993 and to Hingis in 1997. A run­ner-up to Mon­ica Se­les at the 1991 Australian Open, Novotna also won four Wim­ble­don dou­bles ti­tles with com­pa­triot He­lena Sukova in 1989 and 1990, with Aran­txa Sanchez-vi­cario in 1995 and with Hingis in 1998. Wear­ing her dis­tinc­tive head­band, she won dou­bles ti­tles at all four Grand Slam tour­na­ments — tri­umph­ing 12 times in the women’s dou­bles and on a fur­ther four oc­ca­sions in the mixed event.

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