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Jana Novotna, former Wimbledon tennis champion, dies aged 49

Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:03 pm

Story : https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/20/jana-novotna-dies-aged-49-former-w





Jana Novotna, who has died of cancer at 49, will forever be remembered for a moment of tears in defeat on Centre Court at Wimbledon, as much as the 100 titles she won in a long and lauded tennis career.

The Czech player, who was inducted into the sport’s hall of fame in 2005, struggled to contain her emotions after losing to Steffi Graf in the 1993 final at the All England Club, and the image of the Duchess of Kent consoling her during the trophy presentation is among the most enduring of the championships.

She was in sight of victory, leading 4-1 in the third set, when the German took five games in a row to win 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-4. When Novotna began crying after being presented with the runner-up’s plate, the Duchess of Kent put an arm around her and whispered: “Don’t worry, you’ll win this one day.”

She lost to Martina Hingis in the final four years later but won the title in 1998, beating the French player Nathalie Tauziat (whose cousin, Didier Deschamps, a week later captained France to the World Cup title in Paris). At 29 years and nine months, Novotna was the oldest first-time winner of a slam singles title in the Open era.





they're right. i watched the 93 finals and that image is indelible.

cancer is evil. RIP Jana.

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