In a historic turn of events, Czech tennis sensation Marketa Vondrousova secured her place in the annals of Wimbledon history as the first unseeded player to claim the championship in the Open era. In a stunning display of skill and determination, Vondrousova swept aside Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur with a resounding 6-4, 6-4 victory in the final.
The 24-year-old Vondrousova, defying all expectations, delivered a commanding performance that left her opponent, ranked number six in the world, reeling. This triumph on Centre Court marked her maiden Grand Slam title, having previously fallen short in the 2019 French Open final against Ash Barty.
Jabeur, visibly distraught after her defeat, had to settle for the runner-up position at Wimbledon for the second consecutive year. The Tunisian had hoped to secure both the first Grand Slam title for an Arab tennis player and the first major victory for an African woman.
As a precaution against possible rain showers, the retractable roof on Centre Court remained closed throughout the match. Jabeur took an early lead by winning the first two games, but Vondrousova quickly found her rhythm, utilizing her expertly executed slow slices and strategic angles.
Despite Jabeur initially establishing a 4-2 advantage, she faltered, losing four consecutive games and ultimately surrendering the opening set. Vondrousova capitalized on her opponent’s vulnerability, equalizing the set at 3-3 before breaking Jabeur’s serve at a pivotal moment, securing a 4-4 tie.
Although Vondrousova faltered on her first match point due to a double fault, she swiftly redeemed herself, clinching the title on her second attempt with a perfectly executed volley. Overwhelmed with emotions, Jabeur admitted, “This is the most painful loss of my career.”
In stark contrast, the newly crowned champion Vondrousova could hardly contain her elation. Addressing the exuberant Centre Court crowd, she exclaimed, “I’m not quite sure what’s happening right now. It’s an incredible feeling. This time last year, I was in a cast. It’s truly amazing to be standing here.”