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Wimbledon champ Marketa Vondrousova keen for beer, tattoo and fish for the cat

Marketa Vondrousova plans to celebrate with beer and a new tattoo after becoming one of the most unlikely of Wimbledon champions.

The Prague-based, 24-year-old Czech won 6-4 6-4 against the overwhelming crowd favourite Ons Jabeur to become the first unseeded player to win the Wimbledon women’s title.

Asked on court how she would celebrate her victory, a smiling Vondrousova said: “I think I’m going to have some beer maybe. It was an exhausting two weeks, and I was getting myself together the last few days. I was so nervous before this game.”

Vondrousova, whose husband Stepan Simek arrived from Prague in time for the final, having been on cat-sitting duty back home, has a collection of tattoos on her arms.

She was thinking of getting another one to celebrate a memorable fortnight in London and said her coach Jan Hernych would be getting inked too after a pre-match pledge.

“I made a bet with my coach. He said if I win a grand slam, he’s going to get one also. So I think we’re going to go tomorrow,” she said.

Vondrousova became the first woman to reach two grand slam finals as a non-seed, having lost the French Open final to Ash Barty in 2019 when she was 19.

Since then it has been an up-and-down ride, featuring a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 but with only one match win at Wimbledon in four previous visits.

But the timing of her win could hardly have been better.

“It’s amazing. Tomorrow is our first anniversary of our wedding. It’s amazing to have you guys being here with me,” she said looking up to Simek and family members in her box, although her mother Jindriska had preferred to watch on television at home.

She was surprised later to see Stepan shed a tear, especially as he had been remarkably calm throughout the contest.

“I think when I came to the box, he cried. I saw him after, and he cried a lot. I think that’s the first emotion I saw in him over the eight years,” she told reporters.

“I think he cried on the wedding day also, but that was it.”

With a cheque for £2.3 million ($4.4 million) in the bank, Vondrousova said she would buy some “nice fish” for her pet cat, Frankie.

“I think she doesn’t really care what’s happening, but, yeah, I’m going to buy her something good,” sh laughed.

-Reuters

Topics: Wimbledon
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