Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova celebrates as she kisses the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy during the prize ceremony after winning the women’s singles final tennis match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur on the thirteenth day of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 15, 2023. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)
Marketa Vondrousova became the first unseeded player to win the Wimbledon women’s title in the Open era when she defeated Ons Jabeur on Saturday.
AFP Sport looks at five things to know about the Czech left-hander:
– Childhood friends to sweethearts –
Vondrousova married IT project manager Stepan Simek in Prague in July 2022. The couple have known each other since childhood and dated for seven years before their wedding.
“Marketa always said she was in love with me since she was 13, but I allegedly only noticed her when she was 15,” said Simek.
“We were at a training camp, we ran together and the suffering on the track brought us together.”
Simek is 1.94 metres tall — 22 centimetres taller than Marketa.
“I don’t mind, except that my neck hurts when I want to kiss him or when I’m talking to him and have to look up,” she once said.