Wimbledon runner-up sheds tears Ons Jabeur admitted on Saturday that suffering a third defeat in a Grand Slam final was the “most painful” experience of her career, but she made a commitment to recover and end her curse at the majors.
Sixth-ranked Jabeur in the world was defeated 6-4, 6-4 by unseeded Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, one year after she fell to Elena Rybakina in the Wimbledon championship match.
Later on in the year, she suffered more discomfort as she lost again in the US Open final to Iga Swiatek.
The 28-year-old is the eighth woman to lose her first three Grand Slam finals, but she can find solace in the fact that Chris Evert and Kim Clijsters also experienced this fate before winning many championships.
Speaking will be challenging. That’s not going to help because I’m going to look bad in the pictures, Jabeur informed the Center Court crowd. “I believe this to be my most painful career loss,” Defiantly she stated, “I promise I will come back one day and win this tournament.”
On Saturday, Jabeur had leads of 2-0 and 4-2 in the opening set before Vondrousova, 24, rallied.
In the opening set, the Tunisian’s 15 unforced mistakes were crucial since the Czech left-hander made
Even though Jabeur had a 3-1 lead in the second set, Vondrousova, who missed Wimbledon due to wrist surgery the previous year, produced another comeback.
We’re happy for Marketa. You play the game so well. Jabeur congratulated the Czech after she suffered her third loss this year. “I know you have had a lot of injuries, so I’m very happy for you,” she said.
“Today is going to be difficult for me. I won’t give up, I promise. One day, I’m going to bounce back even stronger and take home a Grand Slam.