RIP Jana Novotna

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RIP Jana Novotna

Post by MrInvisible on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 1:27 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/42049507

Desperately sad news. Any tennis fan like me who grew up in the 90s will remember her fondly. A legendary doubles player and in singles a fantastic talented all-court player to watch, especially on grass. Her Wimbledon singles title was one of the biggest 'feel-good' moments in tennis.

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Re: RIP Jana Novotna

Post by Mad for Chelsea on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 1:39 pm

Terribly sad news, way too young to go. I started watching tennis in about 96, and used to love watching Novotna play. As MrInvisible says, her Wimbledon win was a lovely moment. rose

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Re: RIP Jana Novotna

Post by kemet on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 1:48 pm

Ms. Novotna has died at a relatively young age. My deepest sympathies go out to her family.

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Post by Born Slippy on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 7:54 pm

Devastating news - always came across as a fantastic person and I hadn’t heard she was ill. Hope it was as peaceful as possible.

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Re: RIP Jana Novotna

Post by laverfan on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 1:34 am

I will miss her. Crying or Very sad

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Re: RIP Jana Novotna

Post by naxroy on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 11:22 am

sad

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Re: RIP Jana Novotna

Post by Henman Bill on Fri 24 Nov 2017, 12:18 am

Sad news, very young to pass, popular and seemed a genuinely nice person.

Her 1998 Wimbledon title was a very respectable one, beating Venus Williams in the quarter finals and Martina Hingis in the semi final. Hingis was at her absolute peak, which was to say just as good as the likes of Steffi Graf and Serena Williams in my view, just for a much shorter time. Novotna bought one of her career best performances to that semi final in a very high quality match.

Tauziat, who was a grass court specialist, was playing the tournament of her career on the other side of the draw, but was still not really the same calibre of player as Hingis. I do honestly think it helped Jana Novotna that it was Tauziat in the final and Hingis in the semi, and not the other way around.

Perhaps because of the memory of her 1993 failure to close out the match, or other missed final opportunities, she did not play as well as the final and to be honest bottled serving out the match again quite badly against Tauziat however the superior talent and calibre was still enough as she on it in the tiebreak instead thus not needing to have to serve out a Wimbledon title.

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