On Thursday, Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic defeated Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine and became the first unseeded woman in 60 years to reach the Wimbledon women’s final. Ons Jabeur, the runner-up from the previous year, or world number 42 Vondrousova will play for the title on Saturday after winning 6-3, 6-3. Left-handed Vondrousova, who placed second at the 2019 French Open, will compete in her second Grand Slam final.
With 22 victories to Svitolina’s nine, the 24-year-old was rewarded for her attacking strategy by breaking serve six times.
“I cannot believe it. I am very happy that I made the final. Elina is such a fighter and a great person. It was a tough match,” said the Czech.
“I was crazy nervous. I was nervous the whole match. I was leading 4-0 in the second set and she fought back.”
After halting Elina Svitolina’s inspiring run, Marketa Vondrousova became the first unseeded player to reach a Wimbledon women’s singles final.
Before this year, Vondrousova, 24, had never advanced past the second round at the All England Club.
However, after defeating Svitolina of Ukraine, who was also unseeded after giving birth nine months ago, in a 6-3 6-3 victory, she is now just one victory away from triumph.
The final on Saturday will feature Vondrousova either Aryna Sabalenka or Ons Jabeur.
The second semi-final on Thursday is the continuation of the opening match on Centre Court and features second-seeded Belarusian Sabalenka taking on sixth-seeded Tunisian Jabeur.
There will undoubtedly be a first-time champion at the All England Club, whoever advances.
In the women’s singles tournament, there have been a lot of unexpected Grand Slam finalists in recent memory, but Vondrousova’s advancement is perhaps as shocking as anything that has happened at Wimbledon in the last ten years.