Jana Novotná

Jana Novotná

Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná in 2003.
Country (sports)  Czechoslovakia (1987–1992)
 Czech Republic (1993–present)
Residence Brno, Czech Republic
Born (1968-10-02) 2 October 1968
Brno, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 1987
Retired 1999
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money US$ 11,230,762
Int. Tennis HoF 2005 (member page)
Singles
Career record 571–225 (72.11%)
Career titles 24 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 2 (7 July 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1991)
French Open SF (1990, 1996)
Wimbledon W (1998)
US Open SF (1994, 1998)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals W (1997)
Olympic Games Bronze medal (1996)
Doubles
Career record 697–153
Career titles 76 WTA, 6 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (27 August 1990)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1990, 1995)
French Open W (1990, 1991, 1998)
Wimbledon W (1989, 1990, 1995, 1998)
US Open W (1994, 1997, 1998)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (1995, 1997)
Olympic Games Silver medal (1988, 1996)
Mixed doubles
Career titles 4
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (1988, 1989)
French Open 2R (1992)
Wimbledon W (1989)
US Open W (1988)
Team competitions
Fed Cup W (1988)
Hopman Cup W (1994)
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Czechoslovakia
Women's Tennis
1988 Seoul Doubles
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Women's Tennis
1996 Atlanta Doubles
1996 Atlanta Singles

Jana Novotná (Czech pronunciation: ; born 2 October 1968 in Brno, Czechoslovakia) is a former professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. She played a serve and volley game, an increasingly rare style of play among women during her career.[1][2] She won the women's singles title at Wimbledon in 1998 and was runner-up in three previous Grand Slam tournaments. Novotná also won 12 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Novotná achieved a career-high singles ranking of No.2 in 1997, and achieved a No. 1 ranking in doubles.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • 1990 1.1
    • 1991 1.2
    • 1993 1.3
    • 1994 1.4
    • 1997 1.5
    • 1998: Wimbledon glory 1.6
  • Major finals 2
    • Grand Slam finals 2.1
      • Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups) 2.1.1
      • Women's doubles: 23 (12 titles, 11 runner-ups) 2.1.2
      • Mixed doubles: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner-up) 2.1.3
    • Olympics 2.2
      • Singles: 1 (1 bronze medal) 2.2.1
      • Women's doubles: 2 (2 silver medals) 2.2.2
    • Year-End Championships finals 2.3
      • Singles: 1 (1 title, 0 runner-ups) 2.3.1
      • Doubles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runner-ups) 2.3.2
  • WTA Tour Finals 3
    • Singles 40 (24–16) 3.1
    • Doubles 128 (76–52) 3.2
  • Performance timelines 4
    • Singles 4.1
    • Doubles 4.2
    • Mixed doubles 4.3
  • Awards and recognitions 5
  • WTA Tour career earnings 6
  • Record against other top players 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Career

Jana Novotná turned professional in February 1987.[3] In the early years of her career, she was known primarily for her success as a doubles player. In the early 1990s, Novotná began to have success in singles once four-time Grand Slam singles champion Hana Mandlíková became her coach. Previously Mike Estep had been her coach.[4]

1990

At the 1990 French Open, Novotná, seeded 11th, achieved her best results in Grand Slam singles play up until that point. Having reached the round of 16, she faced Argentinian Gabriela Sabatini (seeded 4th). In their four previous meetings, Sabatini got the best of Novotná in three of those matches, including two straight set wins. This time proved to be different, as Novotná turned the tables against Sabatini 6–4, 7–5. Although Novotná had disposed of Sabatini, she would have to face yet another difficult opponent in the quarterfinals, Katerina Maleeva (seeded 8th) from Bulgaria. In their two previous meetings Novotná had lost both times, and after Maleeva won the opening set, it appeared Novotná was about to lose a third consecutive time to Maleeva. However, Novotná came back to defeat Katerina Maleeva 4–6, 6–2, 6–4. Despite her success, Novotná's toughest test by far would be against top seeded Steffi Graf of Germany in the semifinals. When Novotná faced Graf three years before at the 1987 French Open, Graf won handily in straight sets. And this time proved no different, as Graf defeated Novotná 6–1, 6–2.[4] She qualified for the first time for the season-ending Virginia Slims Championships in which she was beaten in the first round by Sabatini.[5] She finished the year ranked No. 13.[4]

1991

Novotná enjoyed an excellent start to the 1991 season at the Australian Open, where she was seeded tenth and beat Zina Garrison-Jackson 7–6, 6–4 in the round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinal. The path to the final became considerably more difficult, as Novotná had to contend with top seeded Steffi Graf in the quarterfinal encounter. In their ten previous meetings, Novotná had lost each time against Graf. But this time Novotná pulled the upset of her life by defeating Graf, the reigning champion of the last three years, 5–7, 6–4, 8–6.[6] Now just one win away from her first ever Grand Slam final, Novotná would have to stop Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the semifinals to get there. Novotná easily defeated Sanchez Vicario 6–2, 6–4, setting up a showdown against Monica Seles in the final. Though Novotná took the opening set 7–5, Monica eventually won by a score of 5–7, 6–3, 6–1.[7][8] At the end of the year she was ranked No. 7.[4]

1993

Two years later, at the 1993 Wimbledon Championships, Novotná's game hit full stride, as she produced some of her finest tennis ever. But for Novotná (seeded 8th) to capture the title, her path would have to go through Sabatini (seeded 4th), Martina Navratilova (seeded 2nd) and top-seeded Steffi Graf. Novotná beat Sabatini in the quarterfinals, Navratilova in the semis, before facing Graf in the final. Going into her quarterfinal against Sabatini, Novotná had lost six consecutive matches against the Argentine. This time, Novotná took Sabatini apart in straight sets, prevailing 6–4, 6–3. After Novotná got rid of Sabatini, she then set her sights on a semifinal clash against Martina Navartilova, who had won each of their previous five matches. However, Novotná defeated Navratilova 6–4, 6–4, setting up the Championship match against Graf. After losing a tight first set, Novotná took a 6–7, 6–1, 4–1 lead and had a game-point serving at 40-30 . With victory seemingly in her grasp, she lost her nerve, double-faulted, and allowed Graf to climb back into the match. Graf took the next five games and the title. During the prize presentation ceremony, a distraught Novotná burst into tears and cried on Katharine, Duchess of Kent's shoulder. The Duchess comforted her.[9] Novotná achieved a year-end ranking of No. 6.[4]

1994

Novotná began the 1994 season by reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. In her quarterfinal match, she played Gabriela Sabatini, in what turned out to be their last head-to-head encounter. In their previous meeting, on the grasscourts at the 1993 Wimbledon Championships, Novotná beat Sabatini in a straight set quarterfinal victory. This time, on the Australian hardcourts, Sabatini defeated Novotná in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. At the French Open, Novotná was beaten in the first round by Anna Smashnova in straight sets. At Wimbledon, Novotná reached the quarterfinals where she again faced Martina Navratilova in a rematch from the previous year. Novotná lost in three set, 5-7, 6-0, 6-1. At the season's final Grand Slam, the US Open, the 7th seeded Novotná worked her way to the semifinals where she played top-seeded Steffi Graf. Dating back to the 1992 French Open, Novotná had lost 9 consecutive matches against Graf. This trend would continue as Graf defeated Novotná in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5.

1997

It took four years for Novotná to reach another Wimbledon final. In 1997, she faced top seeded Martina Hingis, and lost in three sets. But to get back to the final, Novotná had to get past Mary Joe Fernandez in the round of 16. After Fernandez won a tight opening set 7–5, Novotná secured the second set 6–4. In a tense third set Novotná outlasted Fernandez 7–5, then defeated Yayuk Basuki of Indonesia in the quarterfinals in straight sets. Now back in the semifinals of Wimbledon again, Novotná's next opponent would be the Spaniard Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. Sanchez Vicario had prevailed against Novotná in seven of their nine previous contests, but the majority of those matches were played on clay and hard-courts, Sanchez Vicario's best surfaces. On grass, Novotná had a decided advantage, as she defeated Sanchez Vicario 6–4, 6–2. In the final against Hingis, Novotná started out fast, taking the opening set 6–2. But Hingis found her stroke and won the second set 6–3 to even the match at one set apiece. The final set proved to be a mirror image of the second set, as Hingis prevailed 6–3, handing Novotná her second loss in a Wimbledon Championship match.[10][11] However, Novotná won the WTA Tour Championships after a victory in the final over Mary Pierce and finished the year ranked a career-high World No. 2 in singles.[12][13] In addition to winning the year end WTA Championship, Novotná captured three more WTA singles titles for the year.

1998: Wimbledon glory

Novotná's moment of Wimbledon success finally arrived in 1998. After defeating Venus Williams in a close quarterfinal, Novotná avenged the previous year's loss by ousting Martina Hingis in the semifinal in straight sets.[14] She won the singles title after defeating veteran Nathalie Tauziat In the final in two sets.[15][16] She became the oldest first-time Grand Slam singles winner in the Open Era at age 29 years and nine months.[17] This record would be eclipsed by Francesca Schiavone in 2010 when she won the French Open at 29 years and eleven months and again by Flavia Pennetta when she won the US Open in 2015 at 33 years and 6 months.

Novotná won 12 Grand Slam women's doubles titles (four at Wimbledon, three at the French Open, three at the US Open, and two at the Australian Open) and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (two at the Australian Open, one at Wimbledon, and one at the US Open). She was 11 times the year end top-ranked doubles player.

Novotná was a member of the Czechoslovakian team that won the Fed Cup in 1988. At the Olympic Games, Novotná was a women's doubles silver medalist in 1988 and 1996 and a singles bronze medalist in 1996.

She won titles on all four surfaces and crossed the $10 million mark in career prize money in 1998, the fifth player to reach the milestone. She won more than 500 career singles matches, the 15th woman in the Open Era to accomplish the feat.

Novotná was named the 1998 WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year with Martina Hingis, the 1997 International Tennis Federation Doubles Team of the Year with Lindsay Davenport, the 1996 WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, with Gigi Fernández in 1991 and in 1989 and 1990 with Helena Suková.

Novotná retired from the professional tour in 1999. During her 14-year career, she won 100 titles (24 in singles and 76 in doubles).[17] She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

From 2000-2002, Novotná was a commentator for Wimbledon for the BBC.[18] From 2009 onwards, Novotná has played doubles at Wimbledon at the invitational draw. In 2010 her partner was Martina Navratilova. She has also played invitational doubles in the other grand slams.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1991 Australian Open Hard Monica Seles 7–5, 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1993 Wimbledon Grass Steffi Graf 6–7(6–8), 6–1, 4–6
Runner-up 1997 Wimbledon Grass Martina Hingis 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 1998 Wimbledon Grass Nathalie Tauziat 6–4, 7–6(7–2)

Women's doubles: 23 (12 titles, 11 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1989 Wimbledon Grass Helena Suková Larisa Neiland
Natasha Zvereva
6–1, 6–2
Winner 1990 Australian Open Hard Helena Suková Patty Fendick
Mary Joe Fernandez
7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6)
Winner 1990 French Open Clay Helena Suková Larisa Neiland
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 7–5
Winner 1990 Wimbledon Grass Helena Suková Kathy Jordan
Elizabeth Smylie
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1990 US Open Hard Helena Suková Gigi Fernández
Martina Navratilova
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1991 Australian Open Hard Gigi Fernández Patty Fendick
Mary Joe Fernandez
6–7(4–7), 1–6
Winner 1991 French Open Clay Gigi Fernández Larisa Neiland
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 1991 Wimbledon Grass Gigi Fernández Larisa Neiland
Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 1991 US Open Hard Larisa Neiland Pam Shriver
Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 6–4, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 1992 Wimbledon Grass Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 1992 US Open Hard Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–7(4–7), 1–6
Runner-up 1993 French Open Clay Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 1993 Wimbledon Grass Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 7–6(9–7), 4–6
Runner-up 1994 Wimbledon Grass Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
4–6, 1–6
Winner 1994 US Open Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Katerina Maleeva
Robin White
6–3, 6–3
Winner 1995 Australian Open Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 6–7(3–7), 6–4
Runner-up 1995 French Open Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–7(6–8), 6–4, 7–5
Winner 1995 Wimbledon Grass Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
7–5, 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 1996 US Open Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–1, 1–6, 4–6
Winner 1997 US Open Hard Lindsay Davenport Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1998 French Open Clay Martina Hingis Lindsay Davenport
Natasha Zvereva
6–1, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 1998 Wimbledon Grass Martina Hingis Lindsay Davenport
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 3–6, 8–6
Winner 1998 US Open Hard Martina Hingis Lindsay Davenport
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 6–3

Mixed doubles: 5 (4 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1988 Australian Open Hard Jim Pugh Martina Navratilova
Tim Gullikson
5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 1988 US Open Hard Jim Pugh Elizabeth Smylie
Patrick McEnroe
7–5, 6–3
Winner 1989 Australian Open Hard Jim Pugh Zina Garrison
Sherwood Stewart
6–3, 6–4
Winner 1989 Wimbledon Grass Jim Pugh Jenny Byrne
Mark Kratzmann
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 1994 US Open Hard Todd Woodbridge Elna Reinach
Patrick Galbraith
6–2, 6–4

Olympics

Singles: 1 (1 bronze medal)

Outcome Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Hard Mary Joe Fernandez 7–6(8–6), 6–4

Women's doubles: 2 (2 silver medals)

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Silver 1988 Seoul Hard Helena Suková Zina Garrison
Pam Shriver
4–6, 6–2, 10–8
Silver 1996 Atlanta Hard Helena Suková Gigi Fernández
Mary Joe Fernandez
7–6(8–6), 6–4

Year-End Championships finals

Singles: 1 (1 title, 0 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1997 New York City Carpet Mary Pierce 7–6(7–4), 6–2, 6–3

Doubles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1991 New York City Carpet Gigi Fernández Martina Navratilova
Pam Shriver
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 1992 New York City Carpet Larisa Neiland Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Helena Suková
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Runner-up 1993 New York City Carpet Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1994 New York City Carpet Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 6–7(4–7), 6–3
Winner 1995 New York City Carpet Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 1996 New York City Carpet Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Lindsay Davenport
Mary Joe Fernandez
6–3, 6–2
Winner 1997 New York City Carpet Lindsay Davenport Alexandra Fusai
Nathalie Tauziat
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–2

WTA Tour Finals

Singles 40 (24–16)

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–3)
WTA Tour Championships (1–0)
Tier I (2–0)
Tier II (11–8)
Tier III (5–3)
Tier IV (2–1)
Tier V (2–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5–2)
Grass (2–3)
Clay (4–2)
Carpet (13–9)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 28 December 1987 Brisbane Grass Pam Shriver 6–7(6–8), 6–7(7–4)
Winner 1. 28 November 1988 Adelaide Hard Jana Pospíšilová 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 1 May 1989 Hamburg Clay Steffi Graf w/o
Winner 2. 22 May 1989 Strasbourg Clay Patricia Tarabini 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 16 October 1989 Zürich Carpet Steffi Graf 1–6, 6–7(6–8)
Winner 3. 6 August 1990 Albuquerque Hard Laura Gildemeister 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 7 January 1991 Sydney Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 14 January 1991 Australian Open Hard Monica Seles 7–5, 3–6, 1–6
Winner 5. 18 February 1991 Oklahoma City Hard (i) Anne Smith 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 30 September 1991 Leipzig Carpet Steffi Graf 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 10 February 1992 Chicago Carpet Martina Navratilova 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 5–7
Runner-up 7. 28 September 1992 Leipzig Carpet Steffi Graf 3–6, 6–1, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 19 October 1992 Brighton Carpet Steffi Graf 6–4, 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 6. 8 February 1993 Osaka Carpet Kimiko Date 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 9. 21 June 1993 Wimbledon Grass Steffi Graf 6–7(6–8), 6–1, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 27 September 1993 Leipzig Carpet Steffi Graf 2–6, 0–6
Winner 7. 18 October 1993 Brighton Carpet Anke Huber 6–2, 6–4
Winner 8. 26 September 1994 Leipzig Carpet Mary Pierce 7–5, 6–1
Winner 9. 17 October 1994 Brighton Carpet Helena Suková 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–4
Winner 10. 24 October 1994 Essen Carpet Iva Majoli 6–2, 6–4
Winner 11. 20 February 1995 Linz Carpet Barbara Rittner 6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 11. 19 February 1996 Essen Carpet Iva Majoli 5–7, 6–1, 6–7(6–8)
Winner 12. 20 May 1996 Madrid Clay Magdalena Maleeva 4–6, 6–4, 6–3
Winner 13. 14 October 1996 Zürich Carpet Martina Hingis 6–2, 6–2
Winner 14. 28 October 1996 Chicago Carpet Jennifer Capriati 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
Winner 15. 11 November 1996 Philadelphia Carpet Steffi Graf 6–4 ret.
Runner-up 12. 17 February 1997 Hanover Carpet Iva Majoli 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Winner 16. 19 May 1997 Madrid Clay Monica Seles 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 13. 23 June 1997 Wimbledon Grass Martina Hingis 6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 17. 22 September 1997 Leipzig Carpet Amanda Coetzer 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 18. 27 October 1997 Moscow Carpet Ai Sugiyama 6–3, 6–4
Winner 19. 17 November 1997 WTA Tour Championships Carpet Mary Pierce 7–6(4–7), 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 14. 16 February 1998 Hanover Carpet Patty Schnyder 0–6, 6–3, 5–7
Winner 20. 23 February 1998 Linz Hard (i) Dominique Van Roost 6–1, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 15. 27 April 1998 Hamburg Clay Martina Hingis 3–6, 5–7
Winner 21. 15 June 1998 Eastbourne Grass Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–1, 7–5
Winner 22. 22 June 1998 Wimbledon Grass Nathalie Tauziat 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 23. 6 July 1998 Prague Clay Sandrine Testud 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 16. 24 August 1998 New Haven Hard Steffi Graf 4–6, 1–6
Winner 24. 15 February 1999 Hanover Carpet Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4

Doubles 128 (76–52)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (12/11)
Olympic Gold (0/2)
WTA Championships (2/5)
Virginia Slims (5/1)
Tier I (15/8)
Tier II (28/18)
Tier III (5/4)
Tier IV & V (9/3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 18 May 1987 Strasbourg Clay Catherine Suire Kathleen Horvath
Marcella Mesker
6–0, 6–2
Winner 2. 3 August 1987 San Diego Hard Catherine Suire Elise Burgin
Sharon Walsh
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 21 September 1987 Hamburg Clay Claudia Kohde-Kilsch Natalia Egorova
Leila Meskhi
7–6(1), 7–6(6)
Runner-up 1. 26 October 1987 Zürich Carpet Catherine Suire Nathalie Herreman
Pascale Paradis
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 15 February 1988 Oakland Carpet Hana Mandlíková Rosemary Casals
Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 22 February 1988 Oklahoma City Carpet Catherine Suire Catarina Lindqvist
Tine Scheuer-Larsen
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 29 February 1988 Wichita Hard (i) Catherine Suire Natalia Egorova
Svetlana Parkhomenko
6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. 2 May 1988 Rome Clay Catherine Suire Jenny Byrne
Janine Thompson
6–3, 4–6, 7–5
Winner 6. 25 July 1988 Hamburg Clay Tine Scheuer-Larsen Andrea Betzner
Judith Wiesner
6–4, 6–2
Winner 7. 15 August 1988 Montreal Hard Helena Suková Zina Garrison
Pam Shriver
7–6(2), 7–6(6)
Winner 8. 22 August 1988 Mahwah Hard Helena Suková Gigi Fernández
Robin White
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 4. 20 September 1988 Olympic Games Hard Helena Suková Zina Garrison
Pam Shriver
4–6, 6–2, 10–8
Runner-up 5. 28 November 1988 Adelaide Hard Lori McNeil Sylvia Hanika
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
7–5, 6–7(4), 6–4
Winner 9. 2 January 1989 Brisbane Hard Helena Suková Patty Fendick
Jill Hetherington
6–7(4), 6–1, 6–2
Winner 10. 13 March 1989 Boca Raton Hard Helena Suková Jo Durie
Mary Joe Fernández
6–4, 6–2
Winner 11. 20 March 1989 Miami Hard Helena Suková Gigi Fernández
Lori McNeil
7–6(5), 6–4
Winner 12. 24 April 1989 Barcelona Clay Tine Scheuer-Larsen Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Judith Wiesner
6–2, 2–6, 7–6(3)
Runner-up 6. 1 May 1989 Hamburg Clay Helena Suková Isabelle Demongeot
Nathalie Tauziat
walkover
Runner-up 7. 19 June 1989 Eastbourne Grass Helena Suková Katrina Adams
Zina Garrison
6–3, ret.
Winner 13. 26 June 1989 Wimbledon Grass Helena Suková Larisa Savchenko
Natasha Zvereva
6–1, 6–2
Winner 14. 16 October 1989 Zürich Carpet Helena Suková Nathalie Tauziat
Judith Wiesner
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 8. 23 October 1989 Brighton Carpet Hana Mandlíková Katrina Adams
Lori McNeil
4–6, 7–6(7), 6–4
Runner-up 9. 6 November 1989 Chicago Carpet Helena Suková Larisa Savchenko
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Winner 15. 1 January 1990 Brisbane Hard Helena Suková Hana Mandlíková
Pam Shriver
6–3, 6–1
Winner 16. 8 January 1990 Sydney Hard Helena Suková Larisa Neiland
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 7–5
Winner 17. 15 January 1990 Australian Open Hard Helena Suková Patty Fendick
Mary Joe Fernández
7–6(5), 7–6(6)
Winner 18. 26 February 1990 Indian Wells Hard Helena Suková Gigi Fernández
Martina Navratilova
6–2, 7–6(6)
Winner 19. 5 March 1990 Boca Raton Hard Helena Suková Elise Burgin
Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–2
Winner 20. 16 March 1990 Miami Hard Helena Suková Betsy Nagelsen
Robin White
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 14 May 1990 Berlin Clay Hana Mandlíková Nicole Bradtke
Elna Reinach
6–2, 6–1
Winner 21. 28 May 1990 French Open Clay Helena Suková Larisa Neiland
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 7–5
Winner 22. 25 June 1990 Wimbledon Grass Helena Suková Kathy Jordan
Elizabeth Smylie
6–3, 6–4
Winner 23. 13 August 1990 Manhattan Beach Hard Gigi Fernández Mercedes Paz
Gabriela Sabatini
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 11. 27 August 1990 US Open Hard Helena Suková Gigi Fernández
Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 12. 5 November 1990 Worcester Carpet Mary Joe Fernández Gigi Fernández
Helena Suková
3–6, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 24. 31 December 1990 Brisbane Hard Gigi Fernández Patty Fendick
Helena Suková
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 13. 7 January 1991 Sydney Hard Gigi Fernández Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Helena Suková
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 14. 14 January 1991 Australian Open Hard Gigi Fernández Patty Fendick
Mary Joe Fernández
7–6(4), 6–1
Winner 25. 11 February 1991 Chicago Carpet Gigi Fernández Martina Navratilova
Pam Shriver
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 15 March 1991 Miami Hard Gigi Fernández Mary Joe Fernández
Zina Garrison
7–5, 6–2
Winner 26. 29 April 1991 Hamburg Clay Larisa Neiland Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Helena Suková
7–5, 6–1
Winner 27. 27 May 1991 French Open Clay Gigi Fernández Larisa Neiland
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–0
Runner-up 16. 17 June 1991 Eastbourne Grass Gigi Fernández Larisa Neiland
Natasha Zvereva
2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 24 June 1991 Wimbledon Grass Gigi Fernández Larisa Neiland
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 28. 19 August 1991 Washington, D.C. Hard Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
5–7, 6–1, 7–6(10)
Runner-up 18. 26 August 1991 US Open Hard Larisa Neiland Pam Shriver
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 4–6, 7–6(5)
Winner 29. 7 October 1991 Zürich Carpet Andrea Strnadová Zina Garrison
Lori McNeil
6–4, 6–3
Winner 30. 14 October 1991 Filderstadt Carpet Martina Navratilova Pam Shriver
Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 5–7, 6–4
Winner 31. 11 November 1991 Philadelphia Carpet Larisa Neiland Mary Joe Fernández
Zina Garrison
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 19. 18 November 1991 New York City Carpet Gigi Fernández Martina Navratilova
Pam Shriver
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 32. 30 December 1991 Brisbane Hard Larisa Neiland Manon Bollegraf
Nicole Bradtke
6–4, 6–3
Winner 33. 26 March 1992 Tampa Clay Larisa Neiland Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 20. 30 March 1992 Hilton Head Clay Larisa Neiland Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 21. 6 April 1992 Amelia Island Clay Zina Garrison Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Natasha Zvereva
6–1, 6–0
Winner 34. 11 May 1992 Berlin Clay Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
7–6(5), 4–6, 7–5
Winner 35. 15 June 1992 Eastbourne Grass Larisa Neiland Mary Joe Fernández
Zina Garrison
6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 22. 22 June 1992 Wimbledon Grass Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–1
Winner 36. 24 August 1992 San Diego Hard Larisa Neiland Conchita Martínez
Mercedes Paz
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 23. 31 August 1992 US Open Hard Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
7–6(4), 6–1
Winner 37. 28 September 1992 Leipzig Carpet Larisa Neiland Patty Fendick
Andrea Strnadová
7–5, 7–6(4)
Winner 38. 19 October 1992 Brighton Carpet Larisa Neiland Conchita Martínez
Radka Zrubáková
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 24. 16 November 1992 New York City Carpet Larisa Neiland Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Helena Suková
7–6(4), 6–1
Winner 39. 8 February 1993 Osaka Carpet Larisa Neiland Magdalena Maleeva
Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere
6–1, 6–3
Winner 40. 15 February 1993 Paris Carpet Andrea Strnadová Jo Durie
Catherine Suire
7–6(2), 6–2
Runner-up 25. 1 March 1993 Delray Beach Hard Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–2
Winner 41. 12 March 1993 Miami Hard Larisa Neiland Jill Hetherington
Kathy Rinaldi
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 26. 26 April 1993 Hamburg Clay Larisa Neiland Steffi Graf
Rennae Stubbs
6–4, 7–6(5)
Winner 42. 3 May 1993 Rome Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Mary Joe Fernández
Zina Garrison
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 27. 24 May 1993 French Open Clay Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 28. 14 June 1993 Eastbourne Grass Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
2–6, 7–5, 6–1
Runner-up 29. 21 June 1993 Wimbledon Grass Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–7(9), 6–4
Winner 43. 16 August 1993 Toronto Hard Larisa Neiland Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Helena Suková
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 30. 27 September 1993 Leipzig Carpet Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 31. 15 November 1993 New York City Carpet Larisa Neiland Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 32. 10 January 1994 Sydney Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Patty Fendick
Meredith McGrath
6–2, 6–3
Winner 44. 28 February 1994 Delray Beach Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Manon Bollegraf
Helena Suková
6–2, 6–0
Winner 45. 24 March 1994 Tampa Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 7–5
Winner 46. 25 April 1994 Hamburg Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Eugenia Maniokova
Leila Meskhi
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 33. 9 May 1994 Berlin Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 7–6(2)
Runner-up 34. 20 June 1994 Wimbledon Grass Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–4, 6–1
Winner 47. 1 August 1994 San Diego Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Ginger Helgeson
Rachel McQuillan
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 35. 8 August 1994 Los Angeles Hard Lisa Raymond Julie Halard-Decugis
Nathalie Tauziat
6–1, 0–6, 6–1
Winner 48. 29 August 1994 US Open Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Katerina Maleeva
Robin White
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 36. 17 October 1994 Brighton Carpet Mary Joe Fernández Manon Bollegraf
Larisa Neiland
4–6, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 37. 14 November 1994 New York City Carpet Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 6–7(4), 6–3
Winner 49. 9 January 1995 Sydney Hard Lindsay Davenport Patty Fendick
Mary Joe Fernández
7–5, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 50. 16 January 1995 Australian Open Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 6–7(3), 6–4
Winner 51. 6 March 1995 Delray Beach Hard Mary Joe Fernández Lori McNeil
Larisa Neiland
6–4, 6–0
Winner 52. 17 March 1995 Miami Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
7–5, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 38. 29 May 1995 French Open Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–7(6), 6–4, 7–5
Winner 53. 19 June 1995 Eastbourne Grass Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
0–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 54. 26 June 1995 Wimbledon Grass Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
5–7, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 55. 13 November 1995 New York City Carpet Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
Winner 56. 12 February 1996 Paris Carpet Kristie Boogert Julie Halard-Decugis
Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 6–3
Winner 57. 21 March 1996 Miami Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Meredith McGrath
Larisa Neiland
6–4, 6–4
Winner 58. 1 April 1996 Hilton Head Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Mary Joe Fernández
6–2, 6–3
Winner 59. 20 May 1996 Madrid Clay Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Sabine Appelmans
Miriam Oremans
7–6(4), 6–2
Winner 60. 17 June 1996 Eastbourne Grass Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Rosalyn Fairbank
Pam Shriver
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 39. 23 July 1996 Olympic Games Hard Helena Suková Gigi Fernández
Mary Joe Fernández
7–6(6), 6–4
Runner-up 40. 26 August 1996 US Open Hard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
1–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 61. 7 October 1996 Filderstadt Hard (i) Nicole Arendt Martina Hingis
Helena Suková
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 41. 18 November 1996 New York City Carpet Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Lindsay Davenport
Mary Joe Fernández
6–3, 6–2
Winner 62. 10 February 1997 Paris Carpet Martina Hingis Alexandra Fusai
Rita Grande
6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 42. 31 March 1997 Hilton Head Clay Lindsay Davenport Martina Hingis
Mary Joe Fernández
7–5, 4–6, 6–1
Winner 63. 7 April 1997 Amelia Island Clay Lindsay Davenport Nicole Arendt
Manon Bollegraf
6–3, 6–0
Winner 64. 12 May 1997 Berlin Clay Lindsay Davenport Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 3–6, 6–2
Winner 65. 25 August 1997 US Open Hard Lindsay Davenport Gigi Fernández
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 6–4
Winner 66. 22 September 1997 Leipzig Carpet Martina Hingis Yayuk Basuki
Helena Suková
6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 43. 6 October 1997 Filderstadt Hard (i) Lindsay Davenport Martina Hingis
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–6(4), 3–6, 7–6(3)
Runner-up 44. 10 November 1997 Philadelphia Carpet Lindsay Davenport Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
6–3, 7–5
Winner 67. 17 November 1997 New York City Carpet Lindsay Davenport Alexandra Fusai
Nathalie Tauziat
6–7(5), 6–3, 6–2
Winner 68. 19 March 1998 Miami Hard Martina Hingis Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 45. 27 April 1998 Hamburg Clay Martina Hingis Barbara Schett
Patty Schnyder
7–6(3), 3–6, 6–3
Winner 69. 25 May 1998 French Open Clay Martina Hingis Lindsay Davenport
Natasha Zvereva
6–1, 7–6(4)
Winner 70. 15 June 1998 Eastbourne Grass Mariaan de Swardt Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
Natalia Zvereva
6–1, 6–3
Winner 71. 22 June 1998 Wimbledon Grass Martina Hingis Lindsay Davenport
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 3–6, 8–6
Winner 72. 17 August 1998 Montreal Hard Martina Hingis Yayuk Basuki
Caroline Vis
6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 46. 24 August 1998 New Haven Hard Mariaan de Swardt Alexandra Fusai
Nathalie Tauziat
6–1, 6–0
Winner 73. 31 August 1998 US Open Hard Martina Hingis Lindsay Davenport
Natasha Zvereva
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 47. 1 February 1999 Tokyo Carpet Martina Hingis Lindsay Davenport
Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 48. 5 March 1999 Indian Wells Hard Mary Joe Fernández Martina Hingis
Anna Kournikova
6–2, 6–2
Winner 74. 18 March 1999 Miami Hard Martina Hingis Mary Joe Fernández
Monica Seles
0–6, 6–4, 7–6(1)
Winner 75. 29 March 1999 Hilton Head Clay Elena Likhovtseva Barbara Schett
Patty Schnyder
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 49. 26 April 1999 Hamburg Clay Amanda Coetzer Larisa Neiland
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 50. 10 May 1999 Berlin Clay Patricia Tarabini Alexandra Fusai
Nathalie Tauziat
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 51. 14 June 1999 Eastbourne Grass Natasha Zvereva Martina Hingis
Anna Kournikova
6–4, ret.
Winner 76. 16 August 1999 Toronto Hard Mary Pierce Larisa Neiland
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Runner-up 52. 23 August 1999 New Haven Hard Elena Likhovtseva Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
7–6(1), 6–2

Performance timelines

Singles

Czechoslovakia Czech Republic
Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 3R 3R F 4R 2R QF 4R A A A 3R 23–9
French Open A 1R 3R 1R QF SF QF 4R QF 1R 3R SF 3R QF 4R 41–14
Wimbledon A 1R 4R 2R 4R QF 2R 3R F QF SF QF F W QF 53–13
US Open A LQ 4R 1R 2R QF 4R 1R 4R SF QF QF QF SF 3R 39–14
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 306 171 47 35 11 13 7 10 6 4 11 5 2 3 NR

Doubles

Czechoslovakia Czech Republic
Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A QF SF W F QF QF SF W A A A 3R 36–7
French Open 2R 3R A SF W W SF F A F SF 3R W QF 48–9
Wimbledon A 2R 3R W W F F F F W QF QF W SF 56–8
US Open A 3R 3R 3R F F F 2R W QF F W W 3R 49–10
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 137 24 13 5 2 1 4 4 4 2 3 6 3 NR

Mixed doubles

Czechoslovakia Czech Republic
Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open W W A A A A A 10–0
French Open A A A A 2R A A 0–1
Wimbledon 2R W SF A A A A 11–2
US Open W 2R A A A A F 10–2

Awards and recognitions

WTA Tour career earnings

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
WTA
singles titles
Total
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
1986–88 0 1 1 439,958 n/a
1989 0 1 1 360,896 7
1990 0 1 1 645,500 5
1991 0 2 2 766,369 6
1992 0 0 0 511,184 8
1993 0 2 2 926,646 6
1994 0 3 3 876,119 4
1995 0 1 1 787,936 5
1996 0 4 4 1,354,307 3
1997 0 4 4 1,685,115 2
1998 1 3 4 2,153,800 3
1999 0 1 1 741,454 11
Career 1 23 24 11,249,284 19

Record against other top players

Novotná's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows:

Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

References

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