Jana Novotná: An Inspiration On & Off Court

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In 1993, Novotná was pitted against Steffi Graf at the Wimbeldon finals. Up by 4-1 in the final set, she lost the match, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-4. At the presentation ceremony, she cried on Duchess of Kent’s shoulder In 1993, Novotná was pitted against Steffi Graf at the Wimbeldon finals. Up by 4-1 in the final set, she lost the match, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-4. At the presentation ceremony, she cried on Duchess of Kent’s shoulder

In 1993, Novotná was pitted against Steffi Graf at the Wimbeldon finals. Up by 4-1 in the final set, she lost the match, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-4. At the presentation ceremony, she cried on Duchess of Kent’s shoulder

&ldquo;<em>Jana, I believe that you will do it, don&rsquo;t worry</em>,&rdquo; the duchess told her, by Novotn&aacute;'s account. &ldquo;<em>Jana, I believe that you will do it, don&rsquo;t worry</em>,&rdquo; the duchess told her, by Novotn&aacute;'s account.

Jana, I believe that you will do it, don’t worry,” the duchess told her, by Novotná's account.

Five years later, Novotn&aacute;&nbsp;defeated Nathalie Tauziat of France&nbsp;to lift the Wimbledon singles trophy for the first and only time.&nbsp; Five years later, Novotn&aacute;&nbsp;defeated Nathalie Tauziat of France&nbsp;to lift the Wimbledon singles trophy for the first and only time.&nbsp;

Five years later, Novotná defeated Nathalie Tauziat of France to lift the Wimbledon singles trophy for the first and only time. 

Novotn&aacute; belonged to Czech Republic and turned pro in the year 1987. She came to be known as a Singles player only in the year 1990.&nbsp; Novotn&aacute; belonged to Czech Republic and turned pro in the year 1987. She came to be known as a Singles player only in the year 1990.&nbsp;

Novotná belonged to Czech Republic and turned pro in the year 1987. She came to be known as a Singles player only in the year 1990. 

She was most famous for her serve and volley game, an increasingly rare style of play among women during her career. She was most famous for her serve and volley game, an increasingly rare style of play among women during her career.

She was most famous for her serve and volley game, an increasingly rare style of play among women during her career.

Novotn&aacute; won 12 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles.&nbsp;She retired with 100 tournament titles &mdash; 76 in doubles and 24 in singles.&nbsp; Novotn&aacute; won 12 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles.&nbsp;She retired with 100 tournament titles &mdash; 76 in doubles and 24 in singles.&nbsp;

Novotná won 12 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles. She retired with 100 tournament titles — 76 in doubles and 24 in singles. 

She reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 2 in 1997, and achieved the No. 1 ranking in doubles. She retired in 1999 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. She reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 2 in 1997, and achieved the No. 1 ranking in doubles. She retired in 1999 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

She reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 2 in 1997, and achieved the No. 1 ranking in doubles. She retired in 1999 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

Novotn&aacute; resided in Florida until 2010 when she returned to her hometown in Czech Republic, Brno. She died of cancer at the age of 49. She chose to keep her diagnosis of cancer private, only telling her closest family and friends. Novotn&aacute; resided in Florida until 2010 when she returned to her hometown in Czech Republic, Brno. She died of cancer at the age of 49. She chose to keep her diagnosis of cancer private, only telling her closest family and friends.

Novotná resided in Florida until 2010 when she returned to her hometown in Czech Republic, Brno. She died of cancer at the age of 49. She chose to keep her diagnosis of cancer private, only telling her closest family and friends.

Jana Novotná was an inspiration. Not just because she was a fantastic tennis player but also because of the way she carried herself off court. She was nice and pleasant to people she met and was a successful example of perseverance. 

The tennis world has definitely lost one of its greats. 
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