By Abimbola Ogunnaike
Marketa Vondrousova made history on Saturday, 15 July, 2023, as she became the first unseeded woman to win Wimbledon in the Open era as the Czech swept to a shock 6-4, 6-4 victory over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in final of the competition.
As the first unseeded woman in the Wimbledon final in 60 years, Vondrousova was a heavy underdog against sixth-ranked Jabeur.
But the 24-year-old upset the odds on Centre Court to win her maiden Grand Slam title at the second attempt after losing to Ash Barty in the 2019 French Open final.
“After everything I’ve been through – I had a cast on this time last year – and now I can’t believe I’m holding this trophy. I don’t know what’s happening now.”said Vondrousova who was sidelined with a wrist injury in 2022.
With her feat, Vondrousova joins Jana Novotna and Petra Kvitova as the only Czech women to win a Wimbledon title.
She is just the ninth unseeded champion at a Grand Slam tournament.
Vondrousova’s triumph completed a remarkable comeback after a rash of injuries stalled her promising career.