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Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies aged 49: WTA

PRAGUE: Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49 after suffering from cancer, the WTA said on Monday. Novotna, who won the Wimbledon title in 1998 when she defeated France's Nathalie Tauziat in the final, died on Sunday in her native Czech Republic surrounded by her family, a WTA statement said. She played in two other Wimbledon singles finals, losing to Steffi Graf in 1993 and to Martina Hingis in 1997. Novotna also won four Wimbledon doubles titles with compatriot Helena Sukova in 1989 and…

Czech police end investigation into Kvitova stabbing case

PRAGUE: Czech police have ended their investigation into a knife attack on twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova last year that forced her off the court for five months this season. Kvitova, who lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 2011 and 2014, required four hours of surgery in December after protecting herself from a man wielding a knife who had gained access to her apartment by posing as a utility worker. The police received a number of clues from the public but could not identify the attacker. "It was not possible…

Bolt holds on to win 100 meters at final Golden Spike

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC: Usain Bolt overcame a slow start to win the 100 meters at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on Wednesday as he gears up for a final world championships in London this summer. In his second 100m outing of his final season, the Jamaican was slow out of the blocks but jumped ahead before the halfway point to finish in a time of 10.06 seconds, just edging Yunier Perez of Cuba, who ran a personal best 10.09 seconds. Bolt, who has eight Olympic golds and 13 world championship medals, will retire after…