Jabeur, who lost last year’s Wimbledon final to Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, started strongly and looked on his way to winning the first set with a score of 4-2. Vondrousova recovered strongly with two consecutive breaks. She also turned her deficit into a lead in the second set.
After a break from Jabeur when trailing 1-0 in the second set, the sixth-seeded Tunisian looked to make things right. Vondrousova broke twice in a row and won her service game between love, 1-3. The revival proved short-lived. The Czech world No. 42 brought it back to 3-2 and struck again at 4-4. Then she collected her second match point 5-4.
Vondrousova was indeed the first unseeded tennis player in the “Open Era”, the period in professional tennis since 1968, with a place in the final at Wimbledon. American tennis legend Billie Jean King was the last unseeded player to reach the final in 1963, but lost the final.
This was Jabeur’s third Grand Slam final that he had lost. After being defeated in last year’s Wimbledon final, she also lost the US Open final to Poland’s Iga Swiatek.
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