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

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Marketa Vondrousova plans to have fun with beer and a brand new tattoo after turning into probably the most unlikely of Wimbledon champions.

The Prague-based, 24-year-old Czech gained 6-4 6-4 in opposition to the overwhelming crowd favorite Ons Jabeur to turn out to be the primary unseeded participant to win the Wimbledon ladies’s title.

Requested on courtroom how she would have fun her victory, a smiling Vondrousova mentioned: “I believe I’m going to have some beer perhaps. It was an exhausting two weeks, and I used to be getting myself collectively the previous couple of days. I used to be so nervous earlier than this recreation.”

Vondrousova, whose husband Stepan Simek arrived from Prague in time for the ultimate, having been on cat-sitting obligation again residence, has a group of tattoos on her arms.

She was pondering of getting one other one to have fun a memorable fortnight in London and mentioned her coach Jan Hernych could be getting inked too after a pre-match pledge.

“I made a wager with my coach. He mentioned if I win a grand slam, he’s going to get one additionally. So I believe we’re going to go tomorrow,” she mentioned.

Vondrousova turned the primary lady to succeed in two grand slam finals as a non-seed, having misplaced the French Open closing to Ash Barty in 2019 when she was 19.

Since then it has been an up-and-down journey, that includes a silver medal on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 however with just one match win at Wimbledon in 4 earlier visits.

However the timing of her win may hardly have been higher.

“It’s wonderful. Tomorrow is our first anniversary of our wedding ceremony. It’s wonderful to have you ever guys being right here with me,” she mentioned trying as much as Simek and relations in her field, though her mom Jindriska had most popular to observe on tv at residence.

She was shocked later to see Stepan shed a tear, particularly as he had been remarkably calm all through the competition.

“I believe after I got here to the field, he cried. I noticed him after, and he cried rather a lot. I believe that’s the primary emotion I noticed in him over the eight years,” she instructed reporters.

“I believe he cried on the marriage day additionally, however that was it.”

With a cheque for £2.3 million ($4.4 million) within the financial institution, Vondrousova mentioned she would purchase some “good fish” for her pet cat, Frankie.

“I believe she doesn’t actually care what’s occurring, however, yeah, I’m going to purchase her one thing good,” sh laughed.

-Reuters


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