Maneiro Shocks Defending Champion Vondrousova at Wimbledon

Maneiro Shocks Defending Champion Vondrousova at Wimbledon

Jessica Bouzas Maneiro, a name previously unknown on the biggest tennis stages, etched her name into Wimbledon folklore on Tuesday with a stunning upset victory over defending champion Marketa Vondrousova.

The Spaniard, ranked a lowly No. 83 in the world, dominated the match from start to finish, defeating Vondrousova in straight sets (6-4, 6-2).

This victory marked a monumental achievement for Bouzas Maneiro. Prior to this match, she had never won a Grand Slam main draw match, let alone a match on the prestigious Wimbledon grass courts. Her previous attempt on grass, just two weeks ago, ended in defeat at the hands of a far less decorated opponent.

Vondrousova, on the other hand, arrived at Wimbledon aiming to become the first women’s champion to defend her title since 2023. Ranked No. 6 in the world and boasting the experience of a champion, she seemed poised for a deep run in the tournament. However, Bouzas Maneiro had other plans.

The Spaniard displayed exceptional composure and aggressive play from the get-go. While Vondrousova showcased glimpses of her championship form with deft drop shots and lobs, Bouzas Maneiro countered with powerful attacks, dictating the pace of the rallies. Despite Vondrousova briefly regaining control in the first set, uncharacteristic errors allowed Bouzas Maneiro to capitalize and steal the opening set.

The second set proved to be a one-sided affair. Vondrousova, visibly hampered by a hip injury sustained earlier in the season, struggled to keep pace with Bouzas Maneiro’s relentless attacks.

The Spaniard capitalized on this vulnerability, reeling off eight consecutive points to establish a commanding lead. Her confidence soared with each passing point, and she delivered a powerful backhand winner to seal the match and send shockwaves through the Centre Court crowd.

This victory marks a turning point in Bouzas Maneiro’s career. With her name now etched alongside Wimbledon champions, she has announced herself as a player to watch on the world stage.

Vondrousova, while undoubtedly disappointed with the result, acknowledged Bouzas Maneiro’s impressive performance and downplayed the impact of her injury.

Bouzas Maneiro now sets her sights on the second round, where she will face either compatriot Cristina Bucsa or Romania’s Ana Bogdan. The fairytale continues for the Spanish Cinderella, and the tennis world eagerly awaits her next chapter.