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Princess of Wales consoles Ons Jabeur after Wimbledon final defeat to unseeded Marketa Vondrousova
15 July 2023, 18:38
The Princess of Wales urged Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur to 'come back and win' after her shock defeat to Markéta Vondroušová in the ladies' singles final.
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Kate consoled the Tunisian world number six, 28, who was widely expected to defeat her unseeded opponent.
Czech's Vondroušová won a 6-4 6-4 victory despite the Centre Court crowd roundly backing Jabeur, who was also runner-up at last year's Wimbledon.
The Princess of Wales is reported to have told Jabeur as she fought back tears to "come back and win a Grand Slam, win a Wimbledon".
Asked about their exchange in the post-match press conference, Jabeur said the Princess told her: “Same thing after last year – to encourage me to be strong, to come back and win a Grand Slam, win a Wimbledon.
“Obviously she was very nice. She didn’t know if she wants to give me a hug or not.
"I told her hugs are always welcome from me.
"That was a very nice moment and she’s always nice to me.”
Kate watched proceedings alongside tennis legend Billie Jean King, who won a record 20 titles at Wimbledon, including six singles titles.
Last week Kate reminisced about her experience queueing as a child to watch matches at the world-famous tennis tournament.
She told members of the British Army, London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade and Metropolitan Police present at the event: “I loved it when I was younger. It was part of coming to see Wimbledon and the anticipation.”