Novotná's career-defining moment came two years later, in the 1993 Wimbledon final. Following a note-perfect performance, Novotná lead top seeded Graf 6-7, 6-1, 4-1, 40-15. Only moments away from a convincing triumph, she went completely off, missing easy shots, sometimes by phenomenal margins (including an infamous overhead smash that hit the back tarp) to give Graf the final 5 games and the title. She was left crying on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent. For the remainder of her career Novotná carried an unfortunate, and probably undeserved, label of choker. However, the increased pressure on her at Wimbledon led to uninspired losses to Graf in the following couple of years.
It took four years for Novotná to reach another Wimbledon final, but after winning the first set easily against Martina Hingis, she succumbed to the Swiss teen's accurate passing shots. She finally had her moment of glory the following year, at age 30. After routing a young Venus Williams in the quarterfinal, she avenged the previous year's final by ousting Hingis in the semifinal, and completed the feat by angling past another veteran, FrenchwomanNathalie Tauziat, 6-4, 7-6, in the final.
Despite winning titles on all surfaces, Novotná would forever be identified with Wimbledon, the site of both her greatest failure and biggest triumph.
Past participants include Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Venus and Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova, Lindsay Davenport, JanaNovotna, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Todd Martin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Monica Seles, Andy Roddick, Mary Pierce, Gabriela Sabatini, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the Jensen Brothers and, of course, Pam Shriver.
Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, JanaNovotna, Tim Wilkison, Zina Garrison, Richey Reneberg, Brady Anderson, Jerry Hairston
Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, JanaNovotna, Patrick McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Richey Reneberg, Gary Matthews, Brady Anderson
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