The rules for the Recent Player category are quite clear...
- Active as competitors in the sport within the last 20 years prior to consideration.
- Not a significant factor on the ATP Tour or the WTA Tour within five years prior to election.
- A distinguished record of competitive achievement at the highest international level, with consideration given to integrity, sportsmanship and character.
Novotna certainly satisfies those requirements. Also, even though she has only one Grand Slam singles title, she has made many more finals, and also has an excellent doubles record.
If Pam Shriver, with no Slam singles titles and one Slam singles final, managed to get into the Hall of Fame in 2002, based mainly on her superb doubles play, then why not Novotna?