Jana Novotna: How did she die? How old was she? When did she win Wimbledon? Novotna was one of the best tennis players of the 1990s, winning the Wimbledon singles title in 1998. A statement on the WTA’s website read: “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.” Novotna, from the Czech Republic, was as accomplished a doubles player as she was at singles. She won 17 Grand Slam titles, including 12 in doubles and four in mixed doubles. How did Jana Novotna die? Jana Novotna died on Sunday after losing her battle with cancer. She had been suffering from the disease for several years. Last month she celebrated her 49th birthday. When did Jana Novotna win Wimbledon? Jana Novotna was an accomplished doubles player by the end of the 1990s but a single Grand Slam title eluded her. She had already won 11 of her doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slams before claiming her only career singles Grand Slam. It came in 1998 at Wimbledon, when Novotna edged France’s Nathalie Tauziat 6-4 7-6 (2) on Centre Court. The iconic image of Novotna hugging the Wimbledon singles trophy remains to this day one of the most endearing in tennis history. But Novotna is maybe known just as much for her first Wimbledon singles final appearance in 1993, when she lost in three sets to Steffi Graf. Novotna burst into tears after losing 7-6 1-6 6-4 to Germany’s Graf, having been 5-1 up in the third set at one point. She was consoled by the Duchess of Kent during the ceremony.