Ex-Wimbledon champ Novotna dies at 49

FLUSHING MEADOWS, UNITED STATES: Jana Novotna, of the Czech Republic, speaks at a news conference 06 September, 1999, at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York. The 1998 Wimbledon champion announced at the conference that she would retire from the pro tennis tour at the end of the year. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

(TSX / STATS) -- Former Wimbledon singles champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49 after battling cancer, the WTA announced Monday.

"It is with deep sadness that the WTA announces the passing on Sunday 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," the WTA posted on its website.

Novotna won 24 WTA singles titles in 14 years on the professional women's circuit, along with 76 doubles titles. Having reached the Wimbledon singles final twice previously (1993, 1997), she defeated Frenchwoman Nathalie Tauziat to win the title in 1998. She also won the WTA Finals in 1997.

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