Former Wimbledon champion ‘Jana Novotna’ dies aged 49

Jana Novotna

New Delhi, Nov 20: Czech tennis player Jana Novotna,  who beat Nathalie Tauziat to win Wimbledon in 1998 , has died at the age of 49, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) said on Monday. She had been battling cancer for several years.

“After a long battle with cancer, Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic,” the WTA said on its website.

She also won all four Grand Slams in the doubles competition. She won the Australian Open doubles crown twice, while she had a hat-trick of French Open and US Open doubles titles to her name too.

She was a silver medallist in doubles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and 1996 Atlanta Games. She also won the bronze in singles in the 1996 Olympics.

Novotna also reached No.2 in the singles rankings, and No.1 in doubles and retired in 1999 before being inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

WeForNews Bureau

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