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July 3, 1993 | THOMAS BONK
In the Wimbledon women's singles final today, a four-time champion with a sore right foot will play a last-day grass-court rookie coming off the biggest victory of her career. Steffi Graf meets Jana Novotna in a match of power and serve-and-volley. Graf hasn't complained about her foot, but she seemed to be having some trouble with it during her straight-set semifinal victory over Conchita Martinez.
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September 11, 1998 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The old Jana Novotna used to get, oh, a little tight. "She never chokes . . . well, she did against Steffi [Graf]," said Martina Hingis, laughing about Novotna's collapse in the 1993 Wimbledon final. The new Jana Novotna, reigning Wimbledon champion, frightens the opposition. "I do feel that way," Novotna said. "I think it's pretty obvious. The tournament I was playing after Wimbledon, I was very tired. I was playing on clay in Prague. I could really feel the players are afraid to beat me."
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September 8, 1994 | From Associated Press
Seventh-seeded Jana Novotna defeated No. 4 Mary Pierce 6-4, 6-0 today to join top-seeded Steffi Graf in the semifinals of the U.S. Open. Pierce, who upset Graf to reach the final of the French Open earlier this year, couldn't control her own power game, repeatedly hitting long. "I'm very disappointed because I was looking forward to playing Steffi again," said Pierce, who has lost to Novotna both times they have met.
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July 13, 1998
Top-seeded Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic defeated France's Sandrine Testud, 6-3, 6-0, Sunday to win the Czech Open clay court tournament at Prague. In the first set, Novotna, the Wimbledon champion and No. 2 player in the world, broke Testud's serve in the first game, lost her own in the second, then broke Testud's serve in the seventh and ninth games. Novotna prevented Testud, ranked 13th in the world, from winning a single game in the second set.
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October 4, 1993 | Associated Press
Steffi Graf won her 40th consecutive match and the Volkswagen Card Cup, beating Jana Novotna, 6-2, 6-0, at Leipzig, Germany, in their first meeting since this year's Wimbledon final. Graf said after the match that she will be operated on today for a bone chip in her right foot and will skip the Barilla Open in Zurich. She is the defending champion. Graf dominated after breaking Novotna in the sixth game of the first set.
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September 11, 1998 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The old Jana Novotna used to get, oh, a little tight. "She never chokes . . . well, she did against Steffi [Graf]," said Martina Hingis, laughing about Novotna's collapse in the 1993 Wimbledon final. The new Jana Novotna, reigning Wimbledon champion, frightens the opposition. "I do feel that way," Novotna said. "I think it's pretty obvious. The tournament I was playing after Wimbledon, I was very tired. I was playing on clay in Prague. I could really feel the players are afraid to beat me."
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October 4, 1992 | From Associated Press
Steffi Graf and Jana Novotna won their semifinal matches at the Volkswagen Grand Prix tournament Saturday at Leipzig, Germany, and will play for the title for the second consecutive year. Graf, top seeded and defending champion, defeated Katerina Maleeva of Bulgaria, 6-1, 6-1. Novotna, of Czechoslovakia, defeated countrywoman Helena Sukova, 6-3, 6-2.
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November 22, 1997 | From Associated Press
A cool and calm Irina Spirlea of Romania survived an upset bid by Mary Joe Fernandez on Friday to join Jana Novotna in the semifinals of the WTA's season-ending Chase Championships in New York. Spirlea, seeded No. 8, fought off three match points in 10th game of the match before defeating Fernandez, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, at Madison Square Garden. Earlier, second-seeded Novotna of the Czech Republic ousted Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
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June 4, 1995 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Time to go, Lindsay Davenport thought. Fifth-seeded Jana Novotna was leading Chanda Rubin, 5-0, 40-love, in their final set at the French Open on Saturday, and Davenport's third-round match was next on Center Court. She left the players' lounge and began the long, circuitous walk to the court. Davenport hurried along, expecting to be called to the court at any minute. In the hallway, she ran into her friend, Mary Joe Fernandez. Slow down, Fernandez said, they aren't yet finished.
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January 14, 1991 | From Associated Press
Guy Forget and Jana Novotna each wound up their preparation for the Australian Open by winning a singles title Sunday in the New South Wales Open tournament at Sydney, Australia. Forget, seeded third, earned his first singles title outside of his native France with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Michael Stich of Germany. The Frenchman did not drop a set all week in the $425,000 tournament.
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July 5, 1998 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This was for everyone who has lost the tennis match they should have won. This was for two women who shaped her game and psyche, Hana Mandlikova and Betty Stove, two players who came within a match of winning Wimbledon. This was for the Duchess of Kent, who supplied comfort and reassurance, predicting Jana Novotna would win Wimbledon on her third attempt in the final. And the royals are never wrong, right?
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July 3, 1998 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jana Novotna tossed the ball to serve--then caught it--her momentary hesitation at match point caused a stir in the packed Centre Court gallery Thursday at Wimbledon. Any sign Novotna might have another spectacular collapse was enough to cause high anxiety, because another disastrous finish would be too cruel. As it turned out, the third-seeded Novotna of the Czech Republic was probably the most self-possessed person on the grounds.
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June 21, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jana Novotna completed her preparations for Wimbledon by defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-1, 7-5, Saturday to win the Eastbourne grass-court title at Eastbourne, England. It was her 21st career title, her second of the year and--most importantly--her first on grass, meaning she has now won titles on every surface. "If I do well at Eastbourne, I do well at Wimbledon," said the top-seeded Czech, who received $79,000 for her victory.
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November 22, 1997 | From Associated Press
A cool and calm Irina Spirlea of Romania survived an upset bid by Mary Joe Fernandez on Friday to join Jana Novotna in the semifinals of the WTA's season-ending Chase Championships in New York. Spirlea, seeded No. 8, fought off three match points in 10th game of the match before defeating Fernandez, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, at Madison Square Garden. Earlier, second-seeded Novotna of the Czech Republic ousted Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
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August 31, 1997 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Finally someone reached down and smote one of the pipsqueaks nipping at the rankings of the aging, and very nervous, veterans of the women's tennis tour. Third-seeded Jana Novotna, one of the tour's most aged and snarly players, wrested center stage at the U.S. Open from Mirjana Lucic of Croatia on Saturday night, and struck a blow for the old gals by winning her third-round match, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3.
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March 27, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic survived 63 unforced errors and 2 1/2 hours in the hot sun to defeat Iva Majoli of Croatia, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), in the Lipton Championships Wednesday at Key Biscayne, Fla. When Majoli blew an overhead shot on the final point, Novotna flung her headband in the air, crumpled at the baseline and remained flat on her back for 10 seconds. "It was just such a relief that you could not believe it," Novotna said. "I was just lying there saying, 'That's it.
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August 8, 1994 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The painful Centre Court scene at Wimbledon in 1993 will forever link Jana Novotna with the ghosts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. In one of the greatest collapses of women's tennis, Novotna lost the final to Steffi Graf, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-4, after leading, 4-1, in the third set. Then, during an emotional trophy presentation, Novotna buried her head on the Duchess of Kent's shoulder and sobbed. "She said, 'Jana, I know that you will do it someday, don't worry,' " Novotna said at the time.
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June 21, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jana Novotna completed her preparations for Wimbledon by defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-1, 7-5, Saturday to win the Eastbourne grass-court title at Eastbourne, England. It was her 21st career title, her second of the year and--most importantly--her first on grass, meaning she has now won titles on every surface. "If I do well at Eastbourne, I do well at Wimbledon," said the top-seeded Czech, who received $79,000 for her victory.
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