Thursday, May 23, 2024

Vondrousova becomes First Unseeded Woman to win Wimbledon

Tunisian Ons Jabeur and Czech Republics Marketa Vondrousova each came into Saturday’s Wimbledon final, winless in major finals. Jabeur finished runner-up last year at both Wimbledon and the US Open, while Vondrousova has finished second at Roland Garros and at the Olympics(if that counts as a Major).

That makes Vondrousova’s 6-4, 6-4 win all the more sweet—and Jabeur’s loss all the more bitter.

Vondrousova becomes First Unseeded Woman to win Wimbledon

Vondrousova Stayed Steady

Vondrousova hit just 10 winners against Jabeur’s 25 but benefited greatly from her opponent’s 31 unforced errors.

Jabeur was pegged as the favourite heading into this match, given her victories over Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka this fortnight, and her previous experience in a Wimbledon final. But that also meant the pressure was on her to finish her story—one of global resonance, given the Tunisian’s breakthrough career in the Arab and African world—and that Vondrousova could swing free.

We saw that meant when the 24-year-old Czech fell behind big against Jessica Pegula, so it wasn’t too surprising that she quickly recovered from an early 2-0 deficit. But when Jabeur let a subsequent break-of-serve lead slip and then dropped the final four games of the first set (and 16 of its last 18 points), it became clear that the 28-year-old world No. 6 was feeling the magnitude of the moment.