Former tennis champion Jana Novotna has died of cancer at the age of 49.
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) said Jana Novotna “died peacefully, surrounded by her family.”
She had lost in the Wimbledon final in 1993 and 1997, before winning the Grand Slam tournament when she defeated Natalie Tausiat in 1998.
The Czech toy captivated fans’ hearts when she burst into tears after losing to Steffi Graf in 1993 and being comforted by the Duchess of Kent.
WTA CEO Steve Simon said: “Jeanne was an inspiration both on and off the court for anyone who had the opportunity to recognize her.
“Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA. Our condolences and thoughts are with Yana’s family. “
Jana Novotna was known for her service and volleyball and achieved a high level in her singles career in 2nd place.
In addition to her only Wimbledon singles Grand Slam victory, Jeanne Novotna has claimed 12 Grand Slam doubles titles and four mixed doubles titles.
Jana Novotna was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.