Jana Novotna has passed away at the age of 49. The New York Times learned that she passed away on Sunday. Having lost the 1993 Wimbledon singles, she had an opportunity to cry on the shoulders of Duchess of Kent. However, she managed to turn the tables five years later when she won the event in 1998. She succumbed to cancer and died in the Czech Republic. Information about her death was confirmed by the World Tennis Association. Nonetheless, the association refused to offer the locality where she died in. In a career that saw her win 17 grand slams, she was defined by the singles that she triumphed. At the same time, she emerged victorious is mixed doubles and doubles. She also managed to win medals at the Olympics. The greatest heartbreak of her career came in 1993 when she lost the match to Steffi Graf. Having led in the final set by 4-1, she surrendered the lead. Eventually, she lost 7-6(8-6), 1-6, 6-4. The Duchess of Kent consoled her by telling her that she will win the event one day. She managed to defeat Nathalie Tauziat of France while she was 29-years-old. This is the only time that she managed to win the Wimbledon singles.
The current chief executive of the Women’s Tennis Association Steve Simon eulogized the fallen star. He said that Ms. Jana offered hope to many people on and off the field. She managed to change the lives of the people she had the chance of meeting. He further said that her star would remain bright throughout the history of the tournament. Jana initially began playing tennis as a doubles player back in 1987. She would only switch to singles four years later. Back in 1990, she was ranked number 13. She lost the Wimbledon finals twice. Having lost in 1993, she would lose again to Martina Hingis in 1997. However, in the year 1998, she was on top of her game. She did away with Venus Williams at the quarterfinals before revenging against Martina Hingis in the semifinals. She would replicate the same form in the finals when she beat Tauziat. This win also propelled her to books of history as she became the oldest woman to win the Grand Slam for the first time. Her record would last for 12 years before it was overturned by Francesca Schiavone. Her death was met with mixed reactions by former and present Czech tennis players.