Unseeded Czech tennis player Marketa Vondrousova is the 2023 Wimbledon champion. Vondrousova won the Grand Slam, the first in her career, in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) against No. 6 Ons Jabeur.
Vondrousova, who is ranked 42nd in the WTA rankings, became the first unseeded woman to make the finals at Wimbledon in the past six decades. She is now also the lowest-ranked woman to claim the Wimbledon title.
“After everything I’ve been through, it’s amazing I can stand here and hold this,” Vondrousova said after the match. “Tennis is crazy.”
Several years ago, Vondrousova was considered one of the next big tennis stars. She reached No. 14 in the world in 2019 and played French Open finals. What followed was a series of injuries and setbacks that derailed the 24-year-old player’s career.
However, it appears that Vondrousova left all the troubles behind and is now on the right track once again.
“The comebacks aren’t easy,” she added. “You never know what to expect, and after the second one, I was playing the small tournaments, and I was hoping I could come back at this level, and now this is happening.”
For her opponent, it was a different kind of story. Jabeur has now lost the Wimbledon finals for two straight years and has three Grand Slam finals but is yet to win a title.
“I think this is the most painful loss of my career,” Jabeur said. “It’s going to be a tough day for me today, but I am going to come back stronger and win a Grand Slam. I promise to win this tournament.”