Barbora Krejcikova‘s triumph at the French Open 2021, has been nothing short of incredible. The 25-year old Czech has made it to a final of a Grand Slam for the first time ever in singles category at Roland Garros and will look to capture her first singles Major trophy.
A lot of credit goes to the coach for turning a player into a champion and it is no different in Krejcikova‘s case. The Czech has been lucky enough to get not one, but two outstanding coaches as well as mentors. So let’s know who really are her guiding mentors who led her to the victory in Paris.
Petr Kovacka and Petr Kovacka
The current coach of Krejcikova is Ales Kartus & Petr Kovacka, a former Czech professional player. Though Kovacka hasn’t found the same success as his student, he surely is making amends by realising his dreams through coaching his countrymate.
On the other hand, Jana Novotna, a WTA legend was the former coach and mentor of Krejcikova. Novotna in her playing days won a whopping 17 Grand Slam trophies, which included a singles Wimbledon title in 1998, 12 women’s doubles titles and 4 mixed doubles titles.
Novotna had a career high singles ranking of No.2 which she achieved in 1997 while she remained on the numero uno position in women’s doubles category for 67 successive weeks. Novotna unfortunately died in 2017.
Barbora Krejcikova couldn’t have asked for a better combination of coaches and this was bound to happen one day. Surely, it was the Czech’s time to match her former mentor’s feat and finally become a Grand Slam champion in the singles category (she already has 5 Major titles in doubles).