Jana Novotna, the Czech tennis star has died at the age of 49. She died at her native on Sunday. In a statement the Women’s Tennis Association said that she had cancer.

In her career she won 17 Grand Slam titles. Out of this 16 of them was in doubles and mixed doubles. She also have three Olympic medals. But she became more popular in her singles career. She cried and she was cared  after losing a Wimbledon singles final in 1993 and She lifted the same tournament after a hard work of Five years.

She was known for her serve-and-volley game. She was ranked 13th by 1990. By 1993, she faced Ms. Graf in the Wimbledon finals. In 1997 she returned to the tournament finalebut lost to Martina Hingis of Switzerland.

WTA chief executive Steve Simon said “Jana Novotna was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her,”.

She was a true champion in all senses. News of her death saddened the All England Club, and her 1998 triumph will live long in the memory.

Novotna had her retirement  from professional tennis in 1999. She was included into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. She also became the oldest first-time Grand Slam singles winner in the Open era at  the age of  29 years and nine months.