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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1998
The first time a 14-year-old Jana Novotna traveled to the European tennis championships, she looked at the list of women's competitors and the only name she recognized was that of Steffi Graf.Then she looked at the draw. Novotna vs. Graf -- the beginning of a long, frustrating relationship."From the beginning, it was always Steffi who seemed to be the one who stopped me," Novotna says. "She was my first-round opponent in my first traveling tournament, and, of course, she beat me -- in three sets."
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December 11, 2001
The stars - past, present and future - will be on court at the Baltimore Arena tomorrow night in the Chevy Chase Bank Tennis Challenge. World No. 3 Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, who finished a sensational rookie season ranked No. 16, will face off in the main event. Jana Novotna, the 1998 Wimbledon champ, will join ex-ATP and current Champions Tour star Tim Wilkison in the Smith Barney Legends Match. Novotna and Wilkison will meet Zina Garrison, who won the 1988 Olympic doubles gold medal with Challenge creator Pam Shriver, and Richey Reneberg, a former world No. 1 doubles player and Davis Cup player.
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December 11, 2001
The stars - past, present and future - will be on court at the Baltimore Arena tomorrow night in the Chevy Chase Bank Tennis Challenge. World No. 3 Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, who finished a sensational rookie season ranked No. 16, will face off in the main event. Jana Novotna, the 1998 Wimbledon champ, will join ex-ATP and current Champions Tour star Tim Wilkison in the Smith Barney Legends Match. Novotna and Wilkison will meet Zina Garrison, who won the 1988 Olympic doubles gold medal with Challenge creator Pam Shriver, and Richey Reneberg, a former world No. 1 doubles player and Davis Cup player.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1998
The first time a 14-year-old Jana Novotna traveled to the European tennis championships, she looked at the list of women's competitors and the only name she recognized was that of Steffi Graf.Then she looked at the draw. Novotna vs. Graf -- the beginning of a long, frustrating relationship."From the beginning, it was always Steffi who seemed to be the one who stopped me," Novotna says. "She was my first-round opponent in my first traveling tournament, and, of course, she beat me -- in three sets."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 1, 1993
WIMBLEDON, England -- Jana Novotna's usually serious demeanor cracked. She ran her fingers through her mop of blond hair and smiled."I am happy," she said. "I know I have been criticized for lookintoo serious, for being too aggressive, for seeming too cool. I think it is no one's business to judge me. I can't help the way I look."Novotna, seeming finally to believe that her game is ideallsuited to grass, has a chance to prove it today in the women's semifinals against Martina Navratilova.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 3, 1993
WIMBLEDON, England -- When Steffi Graf walks on to Centre Court today for the 100th Wimbledon women's final, it will be her sixth in seven years.She will face Jana Novotna, who will be playing for the championship for the first time.It would appear to be the perfect setup for Graf.But Graf shook her head in disagreement."I think when you reach the final for the first time, you are just so happy to be there that there is no pressure," said the defending Wimbledon women's champ.And that's how she expects Novotna to be, even though Graf has dominated their matches, 16-3.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 7, 1996
PARIS -- Maybe they will close their eyes and play it from memory. Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, last year's French Open finalists and veterans of 34 tugs-of-war against each other, asserted their dominance yesterday with straight-set semifinal victories.They not only beat the heat, which transformed Center Court into an acrid desert scape, but they also beat challengers who complained of feeling flat on a day when having an edge was mandatory.Sanchez Vicario, a two-time French Open champion, reached her fifth final at her favorite Grand Slam at the expense of 10th-seeded Jana Novotna, 6-3, 7-5.The Czech didn't come close to playing like the predator who upset Monica Seles in the quarterfinals.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | September 8, 1994
NEW YORK -- Jana Novotna was about to serve for the second set in her quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open yesterday, when suddenly the Stadium Court crowd lost its voice."
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By BILL GLAUBER and BILL GLAUBER,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | July 5, 1998
WIMBLEDON, England -- This time, Jana Novotna wept in triumph.She was the one who marched through the stands to hug and kiss her friends and family. She held tight to the outstretched hands of the Duchess of Kent, who smiled excitedly and told her that the third time was the charm, after all.And there she was, cradling the gold winner's plate, on the greatest victory lap in tennis, as cheers and tears poured down from the Centre Court stands.Yesterday, Novotna buried the past with one glorious triumph, beating Nathalie Tauziat, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
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By Phil Jackman | August 16, 1991
No sooner did Zina Garrison get done saying "I'm maybe going to take a break" after suffering an upset loss Wednesday when she reconsidered and looked to next week's Virginia Slims of Washington to turn her game around."
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By BILL GLAUBER and BILL GLAUBER,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | July 5, 1998
WIMBLEDON, England -- This time, Jana Novotna wept in triumph.She was the one who marched through the stands to hug and kiss her friends and family. She held tight to the outstretched hands of the Duchess of Kent, who smiled excitedly and told her that the third time was the charm, after all.And there she was, cradling the gold winner's plate, on the greatest victory lap in tennis, as cheers and tears poured down from the Centre Court stands.Yesterday, Novotna buried the past with one glorious triumph, beating Nathalie Tauziat, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1996
NEW YORK -- Jana Novotna. You remember her. The woman who never seems able to win the really big ones. The one who blew a 4-1 lead in the final set at Wimbledon, the one who hasn't been to the finals of a major tournament since.You remember her. But last night, in the quarterfinals of the Chase Championships at Madison Square Garden, you wouldn't have recognized her.No. 5 seed Novotna captivated everyone, as she upset No. 2-ranked Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-0, 6-3."Does it look to you like I'm playing the best tennis of my life?"
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 7, 1996
PARIS -- Maybe they will close their eyes and play it from memory. Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, last year's French Open finalists and veterans of 34 tugs-of-war against each other, asserted their dominance yesterday with straight-set semifinal victories.They not only beat the heat, which transformed Center Court into an acrid desert scape, but they also beat challengers who complained of feeling flat on a day when having an edge was mandatory.Sanchez Vicario, a two-time French Open champion, reached her fifth final at her favorite Grand Slam at the expense of 10th-seeded Jana Novotna, 6-3, 7-5.The Czech didn't come close to playing like the predator who upset Monica Seles in the quarterfinals.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | September 8, 1994
NEW YORK -- Jana Novotna was about to serve for the second set in her quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open yesterday, when suddenly the Stadium Court crowd lost its voice."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 3, 1993
WIMBLEDON, England -- When Steffi Graf walks on to Centre Court today for the 100th Wimbledon women's final, it will be her sixth in seven years.She will face Jana Novotna, who will be playing for the championship for the first time.It would appear to be the perfect setup for Graf.But Graf shook her head in disagreement."I think when you reach the final for the first time, you are just so happy to be there that there is no pressure," said the defending Wimbledon women's champ.And that's how she expects Novotna to be, even though Graf has dominated their matches, 16-3.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 1, 1993
WIMBLEDON, England -- Jana Novotna's usually serious demeanor cracked. She ran her fingers through her mop of blond hair and smiled."I am happy," she said. "I know I have been criticized for lookintoo serious, for being too aggressive, for seeming too cool. I think it is no one's business to judge me. I can't help the way I look."Novotna, seeming finally to believe that her game is ideallsuited to grass, has a chance to prove it today in the women's semifinals against Martina Navratilova.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1996
NEW YORK -- Jana Novotna. You remember her. The woman who never seems able to win the really big ones. The one who blew a 4-1 lead in the final set at Wimbledon, the one who hasn't been to the finals of a major tournament since.You remember her. But last night, in the quarterfinals of the Chase Championships at Madison Square Garden, you wouldn't have recognized her.No. 5 seed Novotna captivated everyone, as she upset No. 2-ranked Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-0, 6-3."Does it look to you like I'm playing the best tennis of my life?"
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By Phil Jackman | August 12, 1991
Reading time, two minutes:Tomorrow's the day. The pulse quickens and the country awaits Dave Stockton's selections for the U.S. team that will take on the Europeans in the Ryder Cup matches in Florida next month. Normally, the announcement of the squad, 10 men determined by point standings and the two wild-card picks by the captain (Stockton), would be met with yawns. No more.These days, the process resembles a scaled-down baseball all-star game election for the simple reason the boys from across the pond have held the cup for the last six years and, better yet, there's controversy concerning the last two spots on the team.
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By Phil Jackman | June 15, 1993
Reading Time: Two Minutes.* It sounds like a heckuva movie to me, LSU's baseball team having to come out of the loser's bracket to win its conference (SEC) tournament, an NCAA regional qualifier and, finally, the College World Series. Besides, the Tigers had to rally from two down in the ninth inning in the semis. There's probably a descendant of Roy Hobbs on the team.* New York's sophisticated, supposedly all-knowing baseball fans would not have to endure miserable summers if they didn't believe all that noise about their teams emanating from spring training.
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By Phil Jackman | August 16, 1991
No sooner did Zina Garrison get done saying "I'm maybe going to take a break" after suffering an upset loss Wednesday when she reconsidered and looked to next week's Virginia Slims of Washington to turn her game around."
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