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Marketa Vondrousova Wins Wimbledon Championships

“In an impressive display of dominance, Vondrousova from the Czech Republic outmatched Tunisia’s Jabeur in the opening set and maintained her momentum, clinching a decisive 6-4, 6-4 victory.”

Marketa Vondrousova, a tennis player from the Czech Republic, has defied the odds and emerged as an unexpected Wimbledon champion. On Saturday, she defeated the highly favored Ons Jabeur from Tunisia in straight sets, with a score of 6-4, 6-4. This surprising victory has left Vondrousova, as well as her family, friends, and the tennis community, in awe.

Marketa Vondrousova Wins Wimbledon Championships
Marketa Vondrousova Wins Wimbledon Championships / credit – getty images

At 24 years old, Vondrousova has become the first unseeded player to claim the Wimbledon title, following in the footsteps of a long line of Czech-born women, including the legendary Martina Navratilova, who dominated the tournament during the 1980s after defecting to the United States. Like Navratilova, Vondrousova possesses a left-handed playing style and employs a formidable slice serve, which she utilized to great effect during critical moments in the match against Jabeur, preventing her opponent from gaining control or staging a comeback.

However, the comparisons to Navratilova end there. Unlike the aggressive serve-and-volley approach of her predecessor, Vondrousova has crafted her own unique game, characterized by surprise and unpredictability. Despite the match being marred by errors, it compensated for the lack of quality with unexpected outcomes. With this remarkable win, Vondrousova has solidified her status as an under-the-radar player, defying expectations and crushing tennis fairy tales for the third time in a row. Previously, she defeated Naomi Osaka at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, just days after Osaka had ignited the Olympic flame as the favorite to win a gold medal on home soil. Then, on Thursday, Vondrousova triumphed over Elina Svitolina, a Ukrainian player and new mother, who had made an inspiring run to the semifinals, rallying her nation as they confronted Russia’s invasion.

On Saturday afternoon, it was Jabeur’s turn to have her dreams shattered by Vondrousova’s cunning and unorthodox playing style. This victory is particularly astonishing considering Vondrousova’s limited track record of success on grass, leading her to initially believe that winning the tournament was an impossible feat.

Reflecting on her journey, Vondrousova expressed her astonishment, stating, “When we came here, I was just hoping to win a couple of matches. Now, this has happened—it’s crazy.”

 

The question lingered in the minds of many, especially considering the cast on her wrist, a reminder of the surgery she underwent during Wimbledon the previous year. This time, Marketa Vondrousova’s husband made the decision to stay home and care for their hairless Sphynx cat, opting to join her in watching the final on Saturday after she defeated Svitolina in the semifinals. As they planned to celebrate their first anniversary on Sunday, Vondrousova’s husband, Stepan Simek, scrambled to find a cat-sitter and caught a flight to witness his wife’s Wimbledon final.

Simek eagerly anticipated the day when he could share the story of his wife’s Wimbledon victory with their future grandchildren. “There will be one day when we will have grandkids, and I’m just looking forward to the day when I can tell the story of their grandmother winning Wimbledon,” he expressed.

Vondrousova’s best friend and doubles partner, Miriam Kolodziejova, admitted that she herself did not believe Vondrousova could clinch the singles title. “It’s like a dream for us,” Kolodziejova shared.

Marketa Vondrousova Wins Wimbledon Championships
Marketa Vondrousova Wins Wimbledon Championships / credit – getty images

For Ons Jabeur, this loss in her second consecutive Wimbledon final against an opponent who had achieved less than the other women she defeated along the path to tennis history was undeniably heartbreaking. Jabeur now has three losses in the last five Grand Slam finals, narrowly missing the opportunity to become the first woman of Arab descent and from Africa to claim the prestigious tennis championships.

Like many tennis players, Jabeur had long cherished the dream of winning Wimbledon, as evidenced by her use of a picture of the women’s trophy as her phone’s lock screen. She started strongly, repeatedly breaking Vondrousova’s serve in the first set. However, as nerves settled in, Jabeur’s game began to unravel. Forehands found the net, and backhands sailed beyond the baseline. Before she knew it, Jabeur had lost the first set despite holding a 4-2 lead. The second set began with Jabeur losing her serve, while Vondrousova did what was necessary, keeping the ball in play and delivering her trademark curling, spinning shots that posed a unique challenge compared to the power Jabeur had encountered in her previous matches.

Jabeur managed to regain her composure and even surged ahead with a 3-1 lead in the second set. However, once again, she faltered in her recovery. Struggling to find her rhythm, she hit numerous balls into the middle of the net, ultimately losing five of the last six games.

Marketa Vondrousova Wins Wimbledon Championships
Marketa Vondrousova Wins Wimbledon Championships / credit – getty images

In a surprising turn of events, Marketa Vondrousova concluded Ons Jabeur’s tumultuous afternoon with a running backhand volley into the open court, securing the Wimbledon championship and stunning those who could have imagined such a scenario but not with Vondrousova as the protagonist.

Reflecting on her composure during the final, Vondrousova revealed that her coach couldn’t believe how calm she remained, emphasizing that it was a key factor in her title-winning performance.

As the ball bounced out of her reach, Jabeur, known as the “Minister of Happiness” for her consistently bright demeanor, removed her bandanna and embarked on a slow, sorrowful walk to the net, a scene that had become increasingly familiar.

Vondrousova was slightly delayed in reaching the net herself. She had collapsed on the grass after the final point. Rising to embrace Jabeur, she soon found herself back in the middle of the court, kneeling, and trying to comprehend how she had achieved this improbable feat. Jabeur sat in her chair, wiping away tears.

More tears flowed during the trophy ceremony as Jabeur held the runner-up platter with one hand, covering her eyes and nose with the other.

“This is the most painful loss of my career,” she expressed before attempting to summon any semblance of positivity. “I am not going to give up, and I am going to come back stronger,” she declared to a crowd that had longed to cheer for her throughout the afternoon.

For Vondrousova and Czech tennis, the celebrations were just beginning. The Czech Republic, with a population of around 10.5 million people, has transformed into a women’s tennis powerhouse unlike anything witnessed in the sport. Eight Czech women currently rank within the top 50, most of them, like Vondrousova, in their mid-twenties or younger.

At the start of the tournament, Petra Kvitova, ranked 10th in the world, appeared to be the most probable Czech finalist. As a two-time Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, Kvitova had recently won a grass court tournament in Berlin.

Meanwhile, Vondrousova had only won two matches on grass and had not competed at Wimbledon for two years. However, a month prior, Vondrousova had watched her fellow Czech player, Karolina Muchova, another talented and unassuming figure with a game that defies the power-centric tennis era, come agonizingly close to winning the French Open. Vondrousova disclosed that she and Muchova are members of the same tennis club back home and she shed tears when Muchova narrowly lost in three sets to the world No. 1, Iga Swiatek.

Observing Muchova’s journey had been a source of inspiration for Vondrousova, who herself reached the French Open final in 2019 at the age of just 19. Similar to Muchova, Vondrousova had faced her own challenges due to injuries, but witnessing Muchova’s presence on one of the sport’s grandest stages motivated her.

Vondrousova, like Muchova, had uncertainties initially about whether doctors would be able to resolve her wrist problem. The injury forced her to take an extended break from the game, and according to Simek, her husband, it fostered a deeper appreciation for tennis.

Marketa Vondrousova Wins Wimbledon Championships
Marketa Vondrousova Wins Wimbledon Championships / credit – getty images

“You can’t simply view tennis as work; you have to enjoy it, you have to love it,” Simek explained. “She genuinely enjoys it, she loves the game. She even finds joy in watching tennis, which I believe not many players do.”

During Wimbledon, Muchova faced an early exit in the first round. However, Vondrousova embarked on a steady progression, conquering seven opponents, including five seeded players and several renowned for their prowess on grass, like Jabeur. In the quarterfinals, Vondrousova found herself trailing with Jessica Pegula holding a game point for a 4-1 lead in the final set. But Vondrousova ignited a remarkable comeback, winning the final five games.

The following two matches presented Vondrousova with opponents whose causes extended beyond themselves, carrying both the potential to invigorate and empower, but also to drain and burden a player.

In the presence of Vondrousova, both Svitolina and Jabeur appeared tense and lacking their usual spark on Centre Court, seemingly shadows of the players who had enthralled crowds and carried the potential for unforgettable comebacks that would be remembered for years or even decades. On the opposite side of the net stood Vondrousova, recognized not only for her tennis skills but also for the body art adorning her arms. She had made a wager with her coach, Jan Mertl, a former Czech player, that if she won a Grand Slam title, he would get a tattoo to commemorate the achievement.

Grasping her winner’s platter, Vondrousova shared that they would be heading to the tattoo parlor on Sunday to fulfill their agreement.

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