Barbora Krejcikova had all of the solutions on courtroom in opposition to Coco Gauff, however she was left with one massive query after reaching the French Open semi-finals: What would her former mentor, fellow Czech Jana Novotna, consider her run in Paris?
Former Wimbledon champion Novotna, who died in 2017, oversaw Krejcikova’s profession from 2014-17 and made it to the final 4 at Roland Garros in 1990 and once more in 1996, just a few months after her protegee was born.
“It is wonderful. It is good,” Krejcikova mentioned of matching Novotna’s finest efficiency within the clay courtroom grand slam.
“I at all times take into consideration her. Each time I am going on courtroom, I step out of the courtroom, I at all times take into consideration her. I am at all times questioning what she would inform me after such a run, all this successful matches and every little thing.
“I am simply actually unhappy I can’t truly hear her and she or he can’t actually say something.”
Krejcikova was left to take a position after her 7-6(6) 6-3 victory in opposition to twenty fifth seed Gauff.
“She would simply inform me that she’s very proud. That is what I believe she would do. She would simply inform me ‘Simply take pleasure in, preserve going’,” she defined.
“It does not matter in case you win or lose, you simply should do your finest each single time you step on courtroom, simply concentrate on tennis, simply play.
“She would simply be leaping and screaming. That is how I bear in mind. That is truly what she was doing after I performed (decrease tournaments) ITFs and I received ITFs. I assume perhaps it might be even greater proper now.”
Krejcikova now faces Greek Maria Sakkari, who knocked out defending champion Iga Swiatek 6-4 6-4, and she will now be trying to grow to be the primary Czech lady to elevate the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Hana Mandlikova in 1981.