Vondrousova Becomes Second Lowest-Ranked Wimbledon Women's Finalist After Serena

Vondrousova Becomes Second Lowest-Ranked Wimbledon Women's Finalist After Serena

by Sebastian Dahlman

Marketa Vondrousova will contest the Wimbledon final after beating Elina Svitolina on Thursday, and she's the second lowest-ranked Wimbledon finalist ever after Serena Williams.

Vondrousova has had a surprising run at Wimbledon, but she's had some amazing results in her career in the past. She contested the French Open final a few years ago and will now contest her second Grand Slam final. In the meantime, the Czech player also added a silver Olympic medal in 2021, so it's clear that she's one of the most dangerous players on the WTA Tour.

Health has been a huge question mark for her and it still is. She withdrew from her doubles match after beating Jessica Pegula, citing an ankle problem. That ankle problem didn't prove troublesome in her match against Svitolina though she did play with a lot of aggression, shortening the points as much as possible. Perhaps that's an indication that she's not fully healthy.

Either way, she's in the final, and she became the second lowest-ranked player in recent history to make the Wimbledon final. The lowest-ranked was Serena Williams, who advanced to the final in 2018 as number 181 on the rankings. It was a losing run as she lost to Angelique Kerber in the final.

At 42 in the rankings, Vondrousova is now the second lowest-ranked woman to make the final, beating out no other than Serena Williams for the second spot. The American made the final in 2017 as world number 31. Sabine Lisicki made it as world number 24 in 2013.

Last year's champion Elena Rybakina made it as world number 23 in 2022, adding her name to the list. It just shows how specific the surface of the grass is and how a high seeding or rank doesn't indicate a good result. On Saturday, the Czech player will get a chance to become the lowest-ranked player to win the tournament.


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