By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday, July 14 2023
And then there were two. Ons Jabeur and Marketa Vondrousova are the last women standing from the 128 players that commenced the Wimbledon women’s singles main draw on Monday July 1st.
Join us for a by the numbers look at Saturday’s matchup, which highlights key stats and storylines ahead of the third women’s singles Grand Slam final of 2023.
3-3 – The pair’s head-to-head record. Vondrousova has won their two 2023 meetings, at the Australian Open and at Indian Wells. They have met once on grass before, with Jabeur winning 6-3, 7-6(4) in the first round at Eastbourne in 2021.
42 – The ranking of Vondrousova, who is the first unseeded Women to reach the final in the Open Era. Not since then unseeded Billie Jean King played the women’s final in 1963, has an unseeded woman contested a Wimbledon singles final.
1 – Jabeur is bidding to become the first Arab, African and Tunisian woman to ever win a Grand Slam singles title. The 28-year old is making her 25th Grand Slam main draw appearance, and her sixth at Wimbledon. She is into the final for the second consecutive year (lost to Rybakina in 2022).
2-10 – Vondrousova’s record on grass prior to 2023. The Czech was 1-4 at Wimbledon prior to this season at well, recording a single win in the first round of 2021. She is 8-1 on grass in 2023 thus far.
0-3 – Combined record of the finalists in previous Grand Slam finals. Vondrousova lost the 2019 Roland-Garros final to Ashleigh Barty (winning just four games), while Jabeur lost last year’s Wimbledon final to Rybakina and last year’s US Open final to Iga Swiatek.
4 – Number of former Grand Slam finalists that Jabeur has defeated en route to the final – Bianca Andreescu, Petra Kvitova, Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka. She is the fourth woman to defeat four former major champions in the same draw in the Open Era.
4 – Vondrousova joins Jana Novotna, Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova as the fourth Czech to reach a Wimbledon women’s singles final. If she is successful on Saturday, she’ll join Novotna and Kvitova as the third Czech women’s singles champion at Wimbledon.
Note: Martina Navratilova, who won nine singles titles at Wimbledon, defected to the United States and thus is not listed as a Czech champion.
3 – Jabeur has rallied from a set down three times to win at Wimbledon this year. She owns a lifetime record of 7-2 in matches in which she has dropped the first set at Wimbledon. Furthermore, Jabeur has won from a set down at the Grand Slams 13 times since the start of 2018, which is more than any other WTA player in that time span, according to ESPN..
17-5 – Jabeur’s lifetime record at Wimbledon. The Tunisian is 33-11 lifetime on the surface. (Vondrousova is 7-4 at Wimbledon and 10-11 overall).
59 – The winner of Saturday’s tussle will become the 59th women’s singles Grand Slam champion.
7 – Number of WTA players that lost their first three Grand Slam finals in the Open Era – Helena Sukova (4), Kim Clijsters (4), Chris Evert (3), Mary Joe Fernandez (3), Simona Halep (3), Dinara Safina (3), Wendy Turnbull (3).
Jabeur, 0-2 in Slam finals, is hoping to stay off this illustrious list.
5 – If Vondrousova wins she would become the first women’s singles champion at Wimbledon to earn victories over five different seeded players since fellow Czech Petra Kvitova in 2011.
4-7 – Jabeur’s lifetime record in finals (Vondrousova is 1-4 in finals).
3 – Jabeur will move to No.3 in the rankings if she wins the title, and stay at No.6 if not; Vondrousova will make her Top 10 debut if she wins the title, at No.1, or rise to No.16 if not.