Who is Marketa Vondrousova? Meet the first unseeded Ladies’ Singles Wimbledon champion in the Open Era

In just her second appearance in a Grand Slam final, unseeded Marketa Vondrousova has lifted the most storied trophy on the circuit. 

A red hot start to the tournament saw Vondrousova pick up back to back straight-sets victories in her first two matches. After defying the odds to defeat number 4 seed Jessica Pegula in the quarter-finals, Vondrousova swept up Elina Svitolina and booked her spot in the final.

She then beat sixth seed Ons Jabeur, who was also in search of her first Grand Slam title and was favourite to take the crown on July 15.

As it was, Vondrousova showed more of the supreme shot selection that propelled her to the showpiece, beating Jabeur 6-4, 6-4.

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What ranking is Marketa Vondrousova?

Vondrousova went into Wimbledon ranked as the world number 42 by the WTA. This will climb considerably when the new rankings are calculated due to her exploits at SW19. 

She peaked at number 14 in 2019 after a history-making run in the French Open. Unseeded and just 19 years of age, she knocked out four seeded players before falling in her first Grand Slam final to Ash Barty.  

What was Marketa Vondrousova’s best Wimbledon result?

The furthest Vondrousova previously reached at Wimbledon tournament was the second round in 2021. Her first three appearances in the All England Club ended in the very first round.

She was absent in 2022 due to a wrist injury but has more than made up for that this time around, claiming her first major title in style.

What do Marketa Vondrousova’s tattoos mean?

The internet has been abuzz with questions about the unseeded left-hander, but some of them have been about her tattoos rather than her tennis.

Vondrousova’s patchwork sleeves are part of a tattoo collection that’s been growing since she was 16.

Among the artwork is a quote etched above her elbow, “no rain without flowers”, a philosophy present not only on her skin but in her career, one recently clouded with injury now bathing in promise.

In the aftermath of the most momentous win of her career, Vondrousova confided that she plans to celebrate by getting more tattoos – and drinking beer.

What is Marketa Vondrousova’s nationality? 

Wimbledon’s breakout star is a product of Sokolov in the Czech Republic, a small town near the country’s border with Germany. 

She represented her country at the Tokyo Olympics and took home a silver medal in the women’s singles. 

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