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 that few pundits would have predicted a showdown on the last Saturday of the tournament between the Tunisian and the Czech.
But both players have passed their respective draws and are hours away from winning their first Grand Slam title.
Jabeur, a beaten runner-up last year, was driven by vengeance and desperation to join the esteemed list of Wimbledon champions. “Last year was my first Grand Slam final,” she said. “I am definitely getting closer to the Grand Slam victory that I have always wanted.
“I would say that I have always believed. But sometimes you wonder and doubt if it’s going to happen, if it’s ever going to happen. Being in the later stages, I think it helps you to believe more. For me, I will learn a lot not only from the Wimbledon final but also from the US Open final, and give my best. Maybe this year it was about trying twice and succeeding the third time.
For Vondrousova, this is her second major final after losing to Ashleigh Barty in the 2019 French Open final and she hopes this experience will help her today.
“Yes, I think it can definitely help in difficult times,” she said. “Also, like, I’ve been there. Once I was very young, so I think it was just too much for me at the time. Yeah, I think that can help you on the way too. You know what to do. You know you need to have good people around you.
“Yeah, I mean, that can definitely help. I mean, I’m a little older now too. Yeah, I think I’m a little different person. Yeah, I’m just very happy to experience that again.
Stick with us for setup and analysis before the final at 2 p.m.