Princess consoles Jabeur after Wimbledon tears


Ons Jabeur had to make use of a tissue to wipe away tears as she walked to her post-match information convention after shedding a 3rd grand slam ultimate towards Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon.

Jabeur referred to as it “essentially the most painful loss” of her profession and was grateful for the consoling embrace she acquired from Kate, the Princess of Wales, throughout the trophy presentation at Centre Courtroom on Saturday.

“Hugs are at all times welcome,” the 28-year-old Tunisian stated, as have been the comforting phrases she heard later from Kim Clijsters, who was defeated in her first 4 main finals earlier than successful the following 4.

The 6-4 6-4 setback towards Vondrousova, the primary unseeded girl to win Wimbledon, adopted Jabeur’s losses to Elena Rybakina within the ultimate on the All England Membership final July and to Iga Swiatek within the ultimate on the US Open final September.

“You can not power issues. It wasn’t meant to be,” stated Jabeur.

“Hopefully, I can be just like the others that failed a few instances … and it’ll come after.”

The sixth seed felt she was too tense towards Vondrousova, and the statistics appeared to bear that out.

She didn’t serve nicely with solely 48% of her first serves touchdown in, and he or she was damaged a half-dozen instances, whereas additionally making 31 unforced errors.

Regardless of how a lot she tried to calm down by taking deep breaths, regardless of how a lot she tried to relax with little chats to herself, it didn’t clear up the issue.

“It’s painful,” she stated, “since you really feel so near reaching one thing that you really want, and truly now return to sq. one.”

Standard with different gamers and amongst followers of the game, Jabeur heard the louder backing from the stands for a lot of the match — one thing Vondrousova stated she anticipated.

“I really feel like everyone likes Ons. I do, too. So I imply it’s important to be ready for it,” stated the brand new champion.

“Many individuals are wanting as much as her and so they need her to have the grand slam so dangerous,” Vondrousova stated.

“And I really feel like she’s going to do it at some point. She’s such an incredible individual, and I believe she has many extra to come back.”

Jabeur promised: “Will certainly continue to learn, hold being constructive. I believe that’s the factor that may hold me going. In any other case, if I’m going to be depressed about it, it’s not going to assist a lot.”