“I knew she was a champion, she has a lot of courage, because in 2014 when you found out that Jana moved back to Brno you had the courage to go knock on her door and ask her for help,” Navratilova said on court. “What made you think it was OK to do that? What gave you that courage?”
“My mum,” Krejcikova quipped.
Now, Krejcikova has the opportunity to replicate what Frenchwoman Mary Piece achieved in 2000, winning both singles and doubles in the same year at Roland-Garros.
Krejickova will find out on Sunday, when she teams up with compatriot Katerina Siniakova to face Iga Swiatek and Bethanie Mattek-Sands for the trophy.
Rest assured, there will be no shortage of inspiration from her late mentor.
“That's actually why I have this many Grand Slams, because she's just from somewhere above looking after me,” said Krejcikova, who would return to the top of the doubles rankings should she win on Sunday. “She wants me to win. She knows what it means to me, and I know what it would mean to her.”