Vondrousova Completes Stunning Run At Wimbledon, Wins First Grand Slam Denying Jabeur

by Staff | July 15th, 2023, 1:45 pm
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Marketa Vondrousova made history on Saturday becoming first unseeded Wimbledon champion stunning favored Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-4 to collect her first career Grand Slam title.

“I think everything is sinking in, Vondrousova said. “It’s unbelievable. It was very tough match, and I was so nervous before. I’m just so grateful and proud of myself.

“It was really tough in some moments. I think it was just a great match. We had some great rallies. She’s amazing player. She’s amazing person. That was the tough part also. We know each other very well.

“I’m just very happy that I kept fighting in the important moments.”

The 24-year-old lefty had just four career wins on grass courts entering the event, yet after five wins over seeds she leaves with the Wimbledon title.

“I didn’t play well before on grass. When we were coming here, I was like, Okay, just play without stress, just try to win couple of matches. Then this happened,” she said.

Playing in her first final since the Tokyo Olympics, Vondrousova came out behind in a nervy start for both players on Centre which had the roof closed due to high winds. But with Jabeur in command at 4-2, then bottom dropped out for the Tunisian.

Vondrousova would run off 16 of the next 18 points and four straight games to take the opener.

Jabeur, in her third Slam final, would leave the court in disarray.

Vondrousova would hold but Jabeur would up her game to go up 3-1. Vondrousova again stormed back, this time for good taking advantage of a failing Jabeur backhand to win five of the last six games.

Vondrousova wins just her second career title, first since 2017 Biel in Switzerland. She had come up short in the 2019 French Open as a 19-year-old.

“Winning, it’s amazing feeling,” Vondrousova added. “I have my husband here. My little sister came also on Friday. Yeah, I’m just very happy to share with the people I have here ’cause in Paris it was a bit sad. I couldn’t go there to hug them. Now this happened. I think just to share it with them, it’s amazing.”

A teary-eyed Jabeur drops to 0-3 in Grand Slam finals, and she lost both Wimbledon titles to longshot underdogs.

“Very tough match. I think Marketa played the right match to win this final. Yeah, I’m going to learn from it and hopefully come back stronger,” Jabeur said.

“I think Marketa just put the ball in, slices a lot,” added Jabeur. “I believe that it was completely different match from the last three that I had. So maybe adapting to her rhythm was very difficult for me. Plus the pressure and the stress of the final.

“I didn’t think she made a lot of mistakes. I thought she served good. I think she played maybe a perfect final for herself.”

With the win, the 42nd-ranked Vondrousova, who wasn’t even on tour a year ago due to a second left wrist surgery, will climb to a new career-high No. 10.

“I had a cast last year at that time. It was impossible. I was watching my best friend here playing quallies. I was a tourist here,” she said.

“When I was coming back, I didn’t know what’s going to happen, if I can play at that level again. Yeah, I mean, this seems impossible. Even, like, I don’t know, on grass I didn’t play well before. I think it was the most impossible Grand Slam for me to win, so I didn’t even think of it. When we came, I was just like, Try to win couple of matches. Now this happened, it’s crazy.”

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One Comment for Vondrousova Completes Stunning Run At Wimbledon, Wins First Grand Slam Denying Jabeur

SG1 Says:

Really feel bad for Ons Jabeur. Tremendously likeable player with a ton of talent. Hope she gets her fairy tale ending at some point.

Her game style is eclectic and kind of unpredictable which I think plays against her when she gets nervous. She doesn’t seem to have a game style to rely on when she gets tight like Serena, Graf or Martina Navratilova.

I think that for her, it’s a bit of a coaching issue. Play to a set of strengths rather than trying to be flashy and unpredictable when the match gets close.

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