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Saturday, 1 July, 2000, 10:22 GMT 11:22 UK
Sue Barker's golden moments - No. 6
Jana Novotna
Jana Novotna is comforted after her 1997 defeat
Sue Barker has seen many of Wimbledon's finest moments as a player and BBC presenter.

Here she looks back at the 1997 ladies singles final, when tearful loser Jana Novotna found a royal shoulder to cry on.

The 1997 ladies singles final is best-remembered not for Martina Hingis's triumph, but for Jana Novotna's emotional reaction in defeat.

Having taken the opening set of her first Wimbledon final 6-2, Jana must have thought she was on her way to victory.

But Hingis turned the match around and took the next two sets 6-3, 6-3 to claim her first Wimbledon crown.

Having also lost to Steffi Graf in the 1993 final, Jana must have thought she has missed her opportunity to take the title she so dearly wanted to win.

During the presentation by The Duchess of Kent, she broke down and wept.

I think everyone watching was touched as the Duchess offered her words of comfort and a shoulder to cry on.

Having see how much title meant to Jana, the Wimbledon crowd really took her to their hearts, and her win over Natalie Tauziat in the 1998 final was a hugely popular one.

I'd have cried that day too if I'd played the last few games like Jana - it would have destroyed lesser mortals.

But to come back and win the following year showed her strength of character.

Jana retired in 1999, happy in their knowledge that she had - at her 34th attempt - finally won a Grand Slam title.

She remains a popular figure at the venue where she achieved her dream.

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