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Jana Novotna Loses Her Final Match

October 5, 1999

FILDERSTADT, Germany (AP) _ Jana Novotna, the 1998 Wimbledon champion, ended her 12-year career Tuesday, losing her final match on the tour to Silvia Farina 6-3, 6-4 at the Porsche Grand Prix.

Novotna has dropped to No. 18, her lowest world ranking in 10 years. She was No. 2 in the world in 1997 and after winning Wimbledon last year.

She was sidelined for a long time after spraining an ankle and partially tearing ligaments in June.

After losing in the third round of the U.S. Open, Novotna said she would quit at the end of the year. But a first-round loss to Magdalena Maleeva in Luxembourg two weeks ago persuaded Novotna to play only one more tournament.

Novotna won 24 titles on the WTA Tour after turning pro in 1987. But she won only one title this year, beating Venus Williams in February at Hanover, Germany. She also won 73 doubles titles.

Novotna was honored at the end of her match and received a standing ovation as she waved to the crowd.

In other matches, Anke Huber of Germany rallied from 1-5 and 15-40 down in the second set to beat seventh-seeded Julie Halard-Decugis of France 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, and Jennifer Capriati defeated Irina Spirlea 6-4, 6-1.

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