It was early, too early. Tennis perfectionist Jana Novotna left us battling with cancer. She met both the sides of life, the Triumph and the disaster.

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During her 14 years long career she has won 24 WTA singles and 76 doubles title. Her first Wimbledon trophy came in the year 1998, after thrashing France’s Nathalie Tauzie.

Novotna cried after losing to Steffi Graf at Wimbledon 1993

However, it took her two fail attempts back in 1993 and 1997 before clinching that title.

WTA declared the disheartening news of her demise via their website. The statement reads, “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. After a long battle with cancer, Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic, aged 49.”

Hailing from the Czech Republic, Jana has achieved a lot in her life besides the singles’ slam, she has proved her worth by winning 12 majors in doubles and four in mixed doubles. Her Olympic record isn’t even that bad, started with the first silver medal in women’s doubles event in 1998, continued with another women’s doubles in the year 1996 and ended with a bronze in mixed-doubles event in the same year.

Tennis Star Jana was even inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. Novotna fans fell in misery after she said a final goodbye this Sunday surrounded by family members in the Czech Republic.

WTA even announced the news of her death on Twitter, they wrote:

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