Hi; I just recently joined wtaworld, and this is my first post. I love Jana Novotna, she is my favorite player. Maybe the smartest person ever to play world-class tennis, articulate, a thinker, funny, and a real sweetiepie, as anyone who ever read her messages on the Yahoo Club site knows. Appears outwardly to be a tough kind of a person, but soon enough shows herself sensitive and warm. Volatile; honest; dedicated to the goal.
A great doubles player who made her partners great. Winning countless Slams and other big tournaments with Sukova, Neiland, Sanchez-Vicario: who among them has been great with anyone else? She also made Hingis great, and after stabbing Novotna in the back, Hingis began her long, slow decline which continues. These were all great partnerships, but, Novotna being Novotna, they all eventually EXPLODED.
About her great last shot at Wimbledon, I remember that moment when Tauziat hit it, then Novotna hit it down the line, and there was this fabulous moment, frozen in time, where you could see from the camera angle and Novotna saw from her perspective, that the shot was good, not out, and that Tauziat was not going to get to it, and it hadn't happened yet, but, she won--it did happen. Then, "Game, Set and Match...." and the thrilling celebration. Good for her.
She has not been answering messages at her Yahoo club lately, which may or may not mean anything. Something may be going on in her life. Oh well, that just means all us little Novotnaites will have to wait. Yahoo has also been destroying itself, and may completely; I have been getting totally disenchanted with it. I hope if Yahoo collapses, she will transfer the club and message board elsewhere, maybe even a site connected with her agent, Octagon. Maybe the people who ran the great Jana Novotna Online could do something--whoever they were.
By the way, I read Novotna was once the "mystery guest" on a BBC quiz show, "A Question of Sport"? What was this show, when was it? Is it on video, or was there a picture of it, like in ACE Magazine or something?
Anyway, she will soon be at Eastbourne and Wimbledon again, for all the lucky people who will be there.