- Marketa Vondrousova (WTA 42) beat Ons Jabeur (WTA 6) 6:4, 6:4 in the Wimbledon final and won the title at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.
- The Czech is the first unranked player in the Open Era to be crowned the winner of the Holy Grass.
- Jabeur also lost her third major final and must continue to wait for victory in one of the Grand Slam tournaments.
Marketa Vondrousova missed her first opportunity for the biggest victory of her career with a double fault. But a few moments later, the Czech took advantage of her second chance with a shot into the net. The 24-year-old sank into ecstasy on the “holy turf” of Center Court. Vondrousova was at the goal of her dreams.
The Olympic silver medalist (who lost out to Belinda Bencic in 2021) is a sensational winner. Vondrousova never advanced beyond the second round at Wimbledon and entered the tournament as world No. 42 and an unranked player. The Czech has thrown five seeded players off the board – including quarter-finalist Jessica Pegula (WTA 4) and now two top 10 players, Jabeur.
For Vondrousova, success is also a reward for her fighting spirit: Since reaching the 2019 French Open final as a 19-year-old, she has repeatedly struggled with injuries and never made it past the last 16 at Grand Slam tournaments.
He made the instant re-break three times
Vondrousova also showed fighting spirit in the final match against Jabeur. In the first set, I was able to rebreak serve twice immediately after losing serve (after 0:2 and 2:4). And in the second set, I was able to achieve the feat again (after 1: 3). From 2:4 in the opening set to 1:0 in the second round, Vondrousova won no fewer than five matches in a row.
These replays were also favored by Jabeur, who never seemed to really feel comfortable on the field, the Tunisian making simple mistakes over and over again. Above all, Jabeur could not keep his level above all else. The 28-year-old had won the match three times during the tournament after dropping the starting set, but she didn’t want to succeed against Vondrousova.
Jaber: “The most severe defeat of my career”
Jaber has to wait for her first victory in a Grand Slam tournament. She has lost all three of her major finals with Wimbledon 2022, the US Open 2022 and Wimbledon 2023. “It is the most painful defeat of my career,” Jaber said, crying, but promised her team: “One day we will win this title.”
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