1998 Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies at 49 after cancer battle

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LONDON - JULY 08: Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic salutes the crowd celebrates victory following the Women's Invitation Doubles Final match against Ilana Kloss of South Africa and Rosalyn Nideffer of USA during day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PRAGUE (AP) — The WTA says 1998 Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49.

The women’s tennis body says Novotna died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

The WTA made the announcement on Monday. Her family confirmed her death to the Czech Republic’s CTK news agency.

During a 14-year professional career, Novotna won 24 singles titles and reached No.2 in the singles rankings.

She won Wimbledon in 1998 for her only singles Grand Slam but also collected 12 doubles and four mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.

Novotna was a three-time Olympic medalist and win the Fed Cup with Czech Republic in 1988.

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