Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova waves to the gang after profitable her quarter closing match towards Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
June 9, 2021
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) – Barbora Krejcikova had all of the solutions on courtroom towards Coco Gauff, however she was left with one huge query after reaching the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday: 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, a number of months after her protégée was born.
“It’s superb. It’s good,” Krejcikova stated of matching Novotna’s greatest efficiency within the claycourt Grand Slam.
“I all the time take into consideration her. Each time I’m going on courtroom, I step out of the courtroom, I all the time take into consideration her. I’m all the time questioning what she would inform me after such a run, all this profitable matches and every thing.
“I’m simply actually unhappy I can’t truly hear her and she or he can’t actually say something.”
Krejcikova was left to invest after her 7-6(6) 6-3 victory towards twenty fifth seed Gauff.
“She would simply inform me that she’s very proud. That’s what I feel she would do. She would simply inform me ‘Simply take pleasure in, hold going’,” she defined.
“It doesn’t matter for those who win or lose, you simply need to do your greatest each single time you step on courtroom, simply deal with tennis, simply play.
“She would simply be leaping and screaming. That’s how I keep in mind. That’s truly what she was doing after I performed (decrease tournaments) ITFs and I received ITFs. I assume perhaps it could 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 be able to now be seeking to turn into the primary Czech girl to raise the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Hana Mandlikova in 1981.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Modifying by Hugh Lawson)