Marketa Vondrousova sustains unfortunate injury, Wimbledon title defense in jeopardy?

Vondrousova retired injured in Berlin just 10 days before the start of Wimbledon.

by Dzevad Mesic
Marketa Vondrousova sustains unfortunate injury, Wimbledon title defense in jeopardy?
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Defending Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova suffered an injury scare at the worst possible time as the Czech tennis star was forced to retire from her Berlin round-of-16 injury due to a leg injury. 

On Thursday, No. 5 seed Vondrousova was playing against Anna Kalinskaya in the Berlin round-of-16 and leading 5-3 when she slipped on the grass and appeared to clutch her right hip. Vondrousova instantly started grimacing - and after taking an off-court medical time-out - she tried to continue the match, only to retire two games later with the score being tied to five games apiece. 

For Vondrousova, sustaining an injury just less than 10 days before the start of her Wimbledon title defense was certainly something she absolutely didn't want to happen. Now, Vondrousova will likely do some tests to determine the severity of her injury and then it will be clearer whether or not her Wimbledon participation is in real jeopardy. 

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Vondrousova became a Grand Slam champion at Wimbledon last year

Vondrousova, who finished as runner-up to Ashleigh Barty in the 2019 French Open final, made her second Grand Slam final at last year's Wimbledon final. But this time, the 24-year-old Czech managed to become a Grand Slam champion after beating Ons Jabeur 6-4 6-4. 

Afterward, Vondrousova was in disbelief and she admitted that not in her wildest dreams she thought that her maiden Slam win would come at Wimbledon.

“I was a tourist here. Yeah, when I was coming back, I didn’t know what’s going to happen, if I can play at that level again. I mean, this seems impossible. On grass, I didn’t play well before. I think it was the most impossible Grand Slam for me to win, so I didn’t even think of it. When we came, I was just like, 'Try to win a couple of matches.’ Now this happened, it’s crazy," Vondrousova confessed after her Wimbledon win.

It remains to be seen if Vondrousova will be able to defend her Wimbledon title this year.

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