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Marketa Vondrousova Claims First Grand Slam Title, $3M at Wimbledon

  • Vondrousova is the first unseeded woman and third unseeded player overall ever to win Wimbledon.
  • The Czech national elevates her career earnings to $8.5 million.
Unseeded Marketa Vondrousova wins first Grand Slam.
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Parity continues to reign supreme in women’s tennis.

With a straight sets win over Ons Jabeur, Marketa Vondrousova won her first Wimbledon and first career Grand Slam title, becoming the 16th different woman to win a major since 2017.

The Czech national is the first unseeded woman and third unseeded player overall to win Wimbledon in the tournament’s history. She was a 150-1 underdog to win it all before the tournament.

“After everything I’ve been through — I was in a cast last year — it’s just amazing that I can stand here and hold this,” Vondrousova said, referring to wrist surgery that kept her out of last year’s tournament. “Tennis is crazy.”

Vondrousova takes home $3 million in prize money for winning it all — tied for the most ever awarded at the All England Club’s premier tournament (2019) — and elevates her career earnings to $8.5 million.

Jabeur claims just over $1.5 million in prize money as the runner-up, bringing her career earnings to $11.5 million.

Wimbledon’s prize pool reached record levels for the 2023 tournament, awarding $56.5 million in total cash — an 11% increase from 2022 and 17.6% from 2019.

No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek had threatened the period of parity in the women’s game by winning three of the last five Grand Slams dating back to the 2022 French Open — but a new first-time champion proves that anyone can still win in this division of tennis.

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