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Marketa Vondrousova defeats No.6 Onos Jabeur to become the first unseeded female champion

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

History was made on Saturday at Wimbledon, as Czech woman’s tennis player, Marketa Vondrousova became the first unseeded female champion in Wimbledon history after defeating the No.6 ranked Tunisian tennis player, Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-4 in a straight sets win in the best of three sets with the first to two taking the match in the women’s game.

Both players were seeking their first Grand Slam crown of their careers heading into the match. Jabeur was coming off defeating the No.2 ranked Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinal, with Vondrousova defeating Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.

Early on it seemed Jabeur had the upper hand on Vondrousova as she seemed more aggressive in the early part of the first set, taking the first two of three games in the opening set.

Vondrousova however, would come back to take the third game off back-to-back unforced errors from Jabeur after being deuced (tied) at 40-40 that ended up in Jabeur hitting the net off Vondrousova’s crosscourt shot. That resulted in Vondrousova taking the third game of the first set.

The nerves and pressure seemed to start reaping up on Jabeur, leading the first set 4-2 as Vondrousova started finding her momentum and confidence in her game to score four consecutive points the rest of the way. Some of her incredible shots after trailing 4-2 in the first included a great deep shot hit, being up 40-Love (0) on Jabeur to tally her third point of the set off a backhander from Jabeur that looked like it was good.

Jabeur had 15 unforced errors in the first set compared to Vondrousova’s six and just 44% of her first serves compared to Vondrousova’s 70%.

After an incredible comeback in the first set by Vondrousova, her confidence was uplifted. Jabeur gained some momentum after a victory in the second game of the second set with the score deuced to 40-40 with some precise backhand hits that caused Vondrousova to be unbalanced when attempting to return.

Similar to the first set, Jabeur took a commanding 3-1 lead in the second set with the Wimbledon title seemingly in grasp for the Tunisian tennis player. Vondrousova received a break (a lost game for the server) from Jabeur in the fifth game of the set to make it 3-2 as Jabeur gave another break for Vondrousa.

Ultimately, Vondrousova showed resilience and composure throughout each set despite trailing in back-to-back sets. She overcame a 3-1 deficit in the second to overcome that by outsourcing Jabeur 5-1 to grab the Wimbledon crown off a volley hit.

Vondrousova dropped to the ground overwhelmed with emotions after just making history as the first unseeded women’s Wimbledon champion, the crowd cheering with delight as she hit a tennis ball with a smile on her face to the crowd and dropped to her knees to absorb the moment.

Here’s where Vondrousova outmatched Jabeur in their match:

First serve %: 63-48

Win% on First Serve: 61-48

Receiving Points: 68-57

Service Points: 36-28

After the match, Vondrousova expressed how anxious she was for the match to be over: “I couldn’t breathe, I just was thinking to myself: ‘Just be over.”

On the other side, Jabeur emphasized how this was the toughest loss of her career: “I think this is the most painful loss of my career,” as she wiped away tears in the process.

This was an improbable victory for Vondrousova as she was the clear underdog heading into the match, being 1-4 in previous appearances on Wimbledon grass and defied all the odds with the world witnessing what it takes to be a champion: Determination, Composure, Consistency, and Sacrifices.

Vondrousova, 24, is now projected to make her world debut in the top 10 at No.10 after claiming her first Grand Slam title.


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