Marketa Vondrousova is the new queen of Wimbledon
Marketa Vondrousova is the new queen at the cathedral of tennis, Wimbledon. The Czech was the winner in Saturday’s final by a double 6-4, and is the third Czech on the list of winners, joining Jana Novotna (1998) and Petra Kvitova (2011 and 2014).
Ons Jabeur, with the pressure of playing to be the first African champion of a ‘Grand Slam’, began dominating with a 2-0. She was pegged back by her opponent and then went back ahead 4-2. The final was played with the roof on because of the strong gusts of wind.
Vondrousova, as cold as ice, turned this adverse situation around without flinching and silencing the stands of the All England Club, clearly in favor of the Tunisian.
Ons lost the first set and was in a flap. The last five games had fallen in favor of her rival. In her mind were the two big finals lost last year at Wimbledon against Elena Rybakina and at the US Open, with Iga Swiatek on the other side of the net.
Jabeur lost her serve for the fourth time at the start of the second set. She was down on her luck, but the irregularity of the other finalist brought her into the match at times with the complicity of the English fans.
A tour with question marks
Vondrousova, who even considered not taking part in the grass tour, is today the 59th Grand Slam champion and the 24th on the grass.
In her box was the presence of a legend like Jan Kodes. The tennis player who overcame three injuries in the elbow, wrist and shoulder, since her first final of a ‘major’ at Roland Garros 2019, is known in her country for the tattoos on her arms reminiscent of the drawings that children do for their parents in pre-school.
Vondrousova cried with joy. Jabeur cried too, but with sorrow for another missed opportunity.