Princess of Wales Comforts Jabeur: A Touching Gesture After Wimbledon Heartbreak
Ons Jabeur’s heartbreaking loss at Wimbledon was a deeply emotional moment that won’t be easily forgotten. The Tunisian tennis player was considered the favorite to win the women’s title, with many hoping she would become the first Arab and African woman to win a grand slam. However, she fell short in straight sets to the unseeded Markéta Vondroušová, leaving her visibly devastated and in tears during the trophy presentation. Even her husband, watching from the players’ box, couldn’t hide his emotions.
The Wimbledon title is one that Jabeur covets more than any other, and for the second consecutive year, she had to settle for the runner-up trophy. As she addressed the Centre Court crowd, wiping away tears, she expressed her deep disappointment, calling it the most painful loss of her career.
In a touching moment, the Princess of Wales, Catherine, comforted Jabeur, reminiscent of Jana Novotná seeking solace from the Duchess of Kent during the 1993 trophy presentation. It was a powerful display of empathy and support. British tennis fans may have also recalled Andy Murray’s tearful speech after his 2012 men’s final loss.
Jabeur shared what the Princess of Wales said to her in that moment, explaining that she was encouraged to stay strong and come back to win a grand slam, including Wimbledon. She spoke fondly of the Princess, describing her as very kind and mentioning how she didn’t know whether to offer a hug but was relieved to receive one.
In the locker room, Jabeur found solace in the company of Kim Clijsters, who had experienced her fair share of grand slam final losses before finally breaking through. They shared tears and Jabeur acknowledged feeling immense pressure and stress leading up to the match. However, she reassured herself that she had done everything possible and that the loss wasn’t due to any shortcomings on her part.
Ultimately, it was Vondroušová who made history by becoming the first unseeded woman in the Open Era to win Wimbledon. The 24-year-old Czech player demonstrated brilliance on the grass court, utilizing her varied shot selection to outplay Jabeur, who struggled to capitalize on opportunities to gain control of the match. Jabeur’s loss adds her to the list of seeded players defeated by left-handed players at this year’s Wimbledon.
Vondroušová’s triumph is all the more remarkable considering she was in London last year as a tourist, still recovering from left wrist surgery. Reflecting on her victory, she expressed gratitude and pride in herself, considering her return to top-level play after the injury. She admitted that winning Wimbledon seemed impossible to her and that she hadn’t even considered it as a possibility. Her accomplishment was beyond her wildest expectations.
In celebration of her win, Vondroušová revealed plans to add to her tattoo collection and mentioned that her coach would also get a tattoo to commemorate the victory. The details of the design were yet to be determined, but she hinted that they might choose matching tattoos.
While Jabeur’s loss was undoubtedly painful, her journey and determination have left a lasting impact. She remains hopeful that, like others who faced initial setbacks, she will ultimately achieve her goal of winning a grand slam, including Wimbledon. In the face of disappointment, both Jabeur and Vondroušová have shown resilience and the spirit of true competitors on the grand stage of tennis.