Marketa Vondrousova is Wimbledon’s most unlikely champion ever – and she has the roof to thank

Hello and welcome to coverage of the women’s singles final at Wimbledon between Ons Jabeur and Marketa Vondrousova.

I think it’s fair to say not many experts would have predicted a showdown on the final Saturday of the tournament between the Tunisian and Czech. 

But both players came through their respective draws and are a few hours away from claiming their first grand slam title. 
Jabeur, a beaten finalist last year, has been driven by revenge and a desperation to join the esteemed list of Wimbledon champions. “Last year was my first final of a Grand Slam,” she said. “Definitely getting closer to winning the Grand Slam that I always wished.

“I would say I always believed. But sometimes you would question and doubt it if it’s going to happen, if it’s ever going to happen. Being in the last stages, I think it does help you believe more. For me, I’m going to learn a lot from not only Wimbledon’s final but also US Open final, and give it my best. Maybe this year was all about trying two times and getting it right the third time.”

For Vondrousova, this is her second major final having lost to Ashleigh Barty in the 2019 French Open final and she hopes that experience will help today.

“Yeah, I think it can definitely help in tough moments,” she said. “Also, like, I’ve been through it. Once I was very young, so I think it was just too much for me back then. Yeah, I think this can help you also on the way. You know what to do. You know you have to have good people around you.

“Yeah, I mean, definitely it can help. I mean, I’m a bit older now also. Yeah, I think I’m a bit different person. Yeah, I’m just very happy to be through this again.”

Stay with us for build-up and analysis ahead of the final at 2pm.

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