Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies aged 49
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.