flashback: jana's tears, 1993

No pleasure in this pain. Well, this story has a happy ending. But Jana Novotna‘s 1993 choke in the Wimbledon final — and her subsequent crying on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent — rang in at no. 1 on a Tennis Channel countdown of greatest chokes of all time. And how could we not give it a little bit of ink prior to the grasscourt season flying into full force over the next month? Novotna swatted away a 4-1 third-set lead against Steffi Graf to lose in the Wimbledon final that year, but after losing to Martina Hingis in the ’97 title match, she finally walked away (rightfully so) as champ in 1998. Check out her crying below.

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novotna in nike

That’s Jana Novotna playing a U.S. Open Women’s Champions (i.e. exhibition) match against Martina Navratilova. She also played a match against 1997 French Open champ Iva Majoli.

Jana looked good wearing Nike‘s Fall Control Seamless Tank and Skort. She had a great outfit during this year’s Wimbledon, too.

Damn, why couldn’t Jana have dressed like this (instead of this) back when she was an active player?

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