Marketa Vondrousova: Five Facts About The New Star Of The Women’s Tour
On Sunday Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova completed her dream run at the Biel Open by defeating Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 7-6(6), in the final.
It was an impressive achievement for the 17-year-old, who was playing in only her second WTA main draw. Ranked outside the top-200, she clinched fourth consecutive wins over top-100 players to claim the biggest title in her career.
As a result of her Swiss triumph, Vondrousova has risen by over 100 places top 117th in the world. She is now the second youngest player ranked in the world’s top 150 after America’s Cici Bellis. The left-handed Czech has now been tipped to follow in the footsteps of her fellow teammates Petra kvitova and Lucie Safarova.
With so much hype surrounding such a young player, here are five things to know about her career so far.
1) Youngest WTA winner since 2015
Vondrousova’s win in Biel has made her the youngest champion on the WTA Tour since Ana Konjuh won the 2015 Nottingham Open (Konjuh was 124 days younger). She is also the youngest Czech winner since Nicole Vadisova’s triumph at the 2006 Strasburg Open.
2) The lowest ranked player to reach a WTA Final since Justin Henin
Ranked 233rd last week, the 17-year-old old became the lowest ranked player to reach a final since January 2010. Preceding her was Belgium’s Justine Henin, who reached the final at the Australian Open without a ranking after returning to the sport from retirement.
3) Youngest player to score a top20 win since 2014
A 7-6(3), 6-2, win over world No.18 Barbora Strycova made Vondrousova the youngest player to score a top-20 scalp since 2014.
“It’s really amazing,” she said following the win. “I didn’t expect this, but I played really great tennis, stayed focused on every point, and I made it!”
American player Bellis was the youngest player to score a top-20 victory in 2014 at the age of 15. On that occasion she stunned Dominika Cibulkova at the US Open.
4) Took a seven-month break due to injury
Despite her rising star status, it hasn’t always been smooth running for the Czech. Following last year’s French Open, the 17-year-old opted to end her season due to a left elbow injury. Since returning in January, Vondrousova has won 28 out of 32 main draw matches she has played.
5) Has an impressive junior record
A strong doubles player as well, she enjoyed a successful junior career. Playing a total of 205 matches (both singles and doubles), Vondrousova won 166 of them (a 81% winning rate). A junior world No.1 in May 2015, the Czech is a two-time junior doubles grand slam champion.