Last Updated on May 3, 2022
Barbora Krejcikova is a Czech tennis player. Winner of French Open Women Singles in 2021 and current World No. 2, she has been a successful doubles player as well. She has won 7 Grand Slams in Doubles (4 in Women Doubles and 3 in Mixed Doubles) and a Gold Medal in Tokyo Olympics last year. She is a former world No. 1 in the category and current No. 2. Krejčíková was a highly-ranked junior player and won the girls’ doubles titles at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2013 alongside Katerina Siniakova who is still her doubles partner. That year, she remained one victory away from calendar-year Grand Slam when she lost in the finals of the Australian Open alongside Oleksandra Korashvili. Her win percentage in the circuit was 90% and 83% for singles and doubles respectively.
Alex Kartus and Petr Kovačka are the current coaches
Kartus is her current coach and she has also remained associated with Petr Kovačka in the past. Kovačka was a former World No. 109 in Men doubles category, winning 3 ATP Challenger Titles. Under them, she continued to build upon her previous doubles performance to dominate in the category. More importantly, she has become a top-ranking singles player, something which seemed impossible by her own confession. It took her more than two years to get into top 100 in singles from the point when she became world No. 1 in doubles.
In 2018, She won her maiden Doubles Grand Slam at Roland Garros followed by another victory at Wimbledon. These victories took her into top 5 rankings for the first time. She also reached the WTA Finals and finals of Miami Open & Shenzhen Open. She also made into the semis of US Open and that performance made her world No. 1 doubles player. She ended the year with same rank and was awarded Doubles Team Award for the year. She also won Fed Cup with her national team. Her singles performance started picking up from next year when she reached the quarterfinals of the Bucharest Open and ended the year at 115th spot. She also won titles at Toronto & Linz and finished as a runner-up at Indian Wells.
The following year, she stormed into Fourth Round of French Open and reached the semis at Linz to break into Top 100 and posted then career-high rank of 65. In doubles, she also finished as a runner-up in Dubai Open and won Shenzhen Open. She finally won a Singles title in 2021 at Strasbourg Open which took her ranking to 38th spot. She also won her maiden Singles Grand Slam title at French Open along with Second Doubles victory at Roland Garros. She achieved the unique feat of winning both titles at the same edition of French Open for the first time since 2000 and became 14th woman to achieve this feat at any major in the Open era.
This victory helped her in breaking into Top 20. She also emerged victorious at Prague Open and made it to the finals of the Dubai Open. These performances, along with Quarterfinal and Round of 16 run at US Open and Wimbledon respectively, helped her in making her first appearance at WTA Tour Finals. She ended the year at Rank 3 in the Singles category. In doubles, she became Olympic Champion and winner of the WTA Finals. She also won Madrid Open and Gippsland Trophy.
This year, she won her first Women Doubles title at the Australian Open and made it to the Quarterfinals in the Singles category as well. She also reached the Finals of Sydney International.
Jana Novotna (2014-2017)
Novotna and Krejčíková belonged to the same city, Brno in the Czech Republic. Novotna is the 1998 Wimbledon Women Singles Champion, winner of 16 Grand Slam Doubles titles and 24 WTA Titles. After finishing her junior career, Krejickova visited her house in 2014 along with her parents, without any invite/appointment, to request Novotna to mentor her and gave her a letter of introduction. After a hitting session, Novotna did not accept the request but also agreed to coach her.
Immediately under her guidance, Krejčíková started getting success on the doubles circuit. She reached the semifinals of Tournoi de Quebec in 2014 and won the tournament a year later. Later, she finished as runners-up of the Luxembourg Open. In 2015, she also finished in the last four Diamond games and entered into the main draw of the French Open.
In 2016, she bettered her French Open best performance by reaching the semi-finals and also made it to the quarterfinals of US Open. As a result, she made it to the Top 50 for the first time, ranked 34 after Wimbledon and entering into Top 30 after US Open. She played her first Premier final in doubles at the St. Petersburg Trophy and reached the semifinals at the Auckland Open.
After a disappointing result in the Singles circuit, she reached her first WTA singles final at the Nuremberg Cup in May 2017 and enter into Top 150 once again. Her performance in Doubles tournaments was quieter than the previous year as she could only manage to make one final appearance at the Swedish Open along with a couple of semifinal appearances. She had to part ways with Novotna that year because she was suffering from cancer but by that time, she made Krejčíková an all-court player. Novotna’s family and others who were close to her, including Martina Navratilova, still support her.
Barbora Krejcikova’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Barbora Krejcikova under the guidance of various coaches.
|Years of Cooperation
|Alex Kartus and Petr Kovačka
|Women Singles: French Open 2021, Strasbourg Prague 2021
Women Doubles: Australian Open 2022, French Open 2021, 2018, Wimbledon 2018, Madrid 2021, Grampians Trophy 2021, Canadian Open 2019, Shenzhen 2020, Linz 2019
Mixed Doubles: Australian Open 2021, 2020 and 2019
Member of the Fed Cup winning team of the Czech Republic 2018, Rogers Cup, WTA Tour team of the year 2018
ITF Circuit (Singles): Palm Harbor 2019, Wiesbaden 2019, Stare Splavy 2019
|Women Doubles: Quebec City 2015, Limoges 2015
ITF Circuit (Singles): Olomouc 2015
ITF Circuit (Doubles): Montpellier 2015, Tampico 2015, Sobota / Rokietnica 2014