Asked after the match by a reporter if she could sometimes feel Novotna guiding her on the court, Krejcikova explained: “I don't really think about the things from, like, outside. It's something actually she [taught] me.”
She concluded, however, that Novotna is never far from her heart: “Like every time before the match or after the match I just feel like she's there, she's looking after me.”
This weekend in Paris, Krejcikova is ready to savour a moment she feels has been a long time coming.
“I always wanted to play matches like this,” she said. “I always wanted to play tournaments like this, big tournaments, big opponents, last rounds. It was always something that I wanted to achieve. It was just taking so long.
“It just took me some time, but I think right now it's actually right moment. Especially mentally I think I'm just there. I really matured. I just really appreciate things a lot, especially after what I've gone through.”