Marketa Vondrousova delivered a resolute performance, bringing an end to the awe-inspiring journey of Elina Svitolina, a new mother, with a decisive 6-3, 6-3 victory, thus securing her maiden Wimbledon final berth. Thursday’s encounter marked a remarkable occasion as two unseeded players faced off in the women’s semifinals, promising an intriguing clash.
In the lead-up to this highly anticipated showdown, Vondrousova showered Svitolina with accolades, recognizing her as “incredible,” “amazing,” “a fighter,” and “a super woman” for her exceptional feat of reaching the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament merely nine months after giving birth to her daughter, Skai. Svitolina’s unwavering resolve and fearless brand of tennis had earned her immense admiration from the spectators at the All England Club, having dispatched four Grand Slam champions in this year’s tournament.
However, on this eventful Thursday, Svitolina found herself weighed down by the weight of expectations, hoping to bring “a little bit of happiness” to her war-torn nation. Under the glaring spotlight of tennis’s grandest stage, she seemed unable to replicate her previous heroics, faltering when it mattered most.
Vondrousova seized an opportune moment, securing a crucial break for a 3-2 lead with an exquisite forehand passing shot winner. Although she briefly faltered, surrendering her own serve in the subsequent game due to unforced errors, including a double fault, she swiftly regained control in the very next game. From that point onward, Svitolina’s frustration echoed through the court as Vondrousova, armed with her powerful left-handed serve, strung together an impressive streak of seven consecutive games, leaving her opponent shrieking and screeching in exasperation.
Just as Vondrousova seemed destined for a flawless victory in the second set, holding match points to surge ahead 5-0, Svitolina fought back, breaking her opponent’s serve not once, but twice. Yet, this temporary relief proved short-lived, as Vondrousova remained undeterred by the overwhelming support for Svitolina. Ultimately, Vondrousova sealed her place in the final when Svitolina’s service return went long on match point, solidifying her triumph and dashing any hopes of a miraculous comeback.