Champion Vondrousova: “I never even thought about Wimbledon – the most impossible Grand Slam for me to win”

After winning Wimbledon, Marketa Vondrousova spoke about some of the fears she had after undergoing wrist surgery

Marketa Vondrousova Marketa Vondrousova (Kirsty Wigglesworth/SIPA)

This time last year, Marketa Vondrousova had a cast on her wrist after a second surgery. She had gone to Wimbledon as a tourist to cheer on her doubles partner Miriam Kolodziejova, and she was about to marry fiance Stepan Simek.

On Saturday, Simek and Kolodziejova watched Vondrousova become a Wimbledon champion as she beat Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-4 – and she spoke afterwards about why she had moments of wondering if it would even be possible for her to return to the top of the game, let alone win a Grand Slam on what has historically been her weakest surface (she had a 2-10 record at the start of the year).

Marketa Vondrousova hugs her sister, her friends and her husband after winning Wimbledon 2023 (Chryslene Caillaud/Panoramic)

“When I was coming back, I didn’t know what’s going to happen, if I can play at that level again,” she said. “Yeah, I mean, this seems impossible. Even, like, I don’t know, on grass I didn’t play well before. I think it was the most impossible Grand Slam for me to win, so I didn’t even think of it. When we came, I was just like, ‘Try to win couple of matches.’ Now this happened, it’s crazy.”

Vondrousova: You have to enjoy every moment

Vondrousova had won her only other title in her second career WTA tournament, in Biel/Bienne in 2017, but she did reach the 2019 Roland-Garros final, losing in quick-sharp fashion to Ash Barty, 6-1, 6-3. Now 24, she reflected on what she remembered of that day, and what she learnt from it.

“So I was 19 the first final. I just remember it was such a stress. I just wanted to do well. It was a big thing in Czech. Everybody was talking about it.

“I think she just crushed me. It was very fast match and I didn’t even, like, enjoyed it. I was very sad after. I just told myself, ‘If this happens again, you have to enjoy every moment. Even though if I lose, I just have to enjoy.’

“I think even if I would have lose today, I think I was just, ‘Enjoy this moment.’ It’s such a big achievement. I just really enjoy this match today.”

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