PRAGUE – Jana Novotna, one of the greatest Czech tennis players of all time, has died at the age of 49, the Women’s Tennis Association announced on Monday.
The WTA said in a statement that the former world No. 2 died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
“It is with deep sadness that the WTA announces the passing on Sunday, November 19, of Jana Novotna, the former WTA World No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles champion,” the statement said.
After turning pro at age 19, Novotna won 100 titles, including 76 doubles titles, before retiring 12 years later.
She won a doubles silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics when she teamed up with Helena Sukova. Eight years later, she won another Olympic doubles silver medal in Atlanta, as well as bronze in singles at the same games.
Novotna won the Wimbledon singles title in 1998, one year before ending her career.
Novotna earned 12 Grand Slam doubles titles, including four crowns at the All England Club, as well as four in mixed doubles.
In 2005, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.