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Jana Novotna

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna

Profession: Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion

Czech Republic

Biography: Played a serve and volley game, an increasingly rare style of play among women during her career, which helped her win the women's singles title at Wimbledon in 1998.

Born: October 2, 1968
Birthplace: Brno, Czechoslovakia

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra

Died: November 19, 2017 (aged 49)

Historical Events

  • 1991-01-26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles becomes the only Yugoslav player – male or female – to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Jana Novotná 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1993-07-03 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In the centenary women's singles final, German Steffi Graf beats Czech Jana Novotná 7-6, 1-6, 6-4
  • 1997-07-05 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: 16 year old Swiss Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotná 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to become the youngest Wimbledon winner in 110 years
  • 1997-11-23 Czech tennis No. 1 Jana Novotná wins WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC; beats Mary Pierce of France 7–6, 6–2, 6–3
  • 1998-07-04 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Czech Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat of France 6-4, 7-6 for her first and only Grand Slam singles title

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