Kvitova mows down Bouchard
By STEPHEN WILSON
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | July 06,2014
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds up the trophy after breezing to the women’s Wimbledon singles championship in Wimbledon, London, on Saturday.
LONDON — With an attacking game perfectly suited for the grass, Petra Kvitova makes winning Wimbledon look easy.
In the most lopsided Wimbledon women’s final in 22 years, the Czech left-hander overpowered Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in less an hour Saturday to win her second title at the All England Club.
Dictating pointing with her big serve, aggressive returns and flat groundstrokes, the 2011 Wimbledon champion never let the 20-year-old Canadian — a rising star playing in her first Grand Slam final — get into the match.
It was a clinical performance of power tennis, with Kvitova ripping baseline winners off both wings and leaving Bouchard looking helpless. Kvitova won the final seven games, finishing the 55-minute rout in style with her 28th winner — a clean cross-court backhand from the back of the court.
Kvitova said she was in the “zone” — when a player feels they can do nothing wrong — and surprised even herself on some winning points.
“I mean, a few shots (were) really incredible and I really couldn’t believe that I made it actually,” she said. “Maybe it was magic.”
Kvitova fell onto her back at the dusty baseline after her final shot flew past Bouchard. Later, she climbed into the stands to embrace her tearful parents and the rest of her team.
The last time a player lost only three games in the Wimbledon final was in 1992, when Steffi Graf beat Monica Seles 6-2, 6-1.
Kvitova’s offensive, take-charge style is perfectly suited for the grass of the All England Club. Three years ago, she dropped only seven games in beating Maria Sharapova for the title. Both of her Grand Slam finals have been at Wimbledon.
“I can’t say that it’s more special, but definitely after three years to stand here with the trophy again, it’s absolutely amazing,” Kvitova told the Centre Court crowd after accepting the Venus Rosewater Dish from the Duke of Kent.
Later, she told reporters that nothing can top winning Wimbledon.
“It means everything,” said Kvitova, who will move up to No. 4 in the rankings on Monday. “Tennis here is tennis history. The Centre Court is always great to play on. I feel really like at home. `’
For Bouchard, the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final, it was a humbling defeat. She is named after Britain’s Princess Eugenie, a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, and the princess was watching from the front row of the Royal Box.
“I did see her in the box,” Bouchard said. “I’m very happy that she came out. Disappointed I couldn’t put on a better show for her.”
Bouchard, the Wimbledon junior champion two years ago, came into the match with the best record in majors this year — 16-2 — and was the only player to reach at least the semifinals of the first three Grand Slams. She is taking her heavy defeat as a learning experience.
“It was a big moment walking out onto Centre Court for a final,” said Bouchard, who will break into the top 10 for the first time at No. 7, the highest ever for a Canadian. “I have that experience now. I know what it feels like. I hope I can walk out to many more finals. That’s the goal.”
The Centre Court roof was closed immediately after the match as rain began to fall. The two players left the court while the roof was being shut and returned later for the ceremony.
Bouchard was left to sit in the engraver’s room, watching as Kvitova’s name was etched into the trophy.
“I was watching them work, wishing one day, dreaming that he’ll write my name somewhere,” the Canadian said.
Not on this day. Bouchard had no answer for Kvitova, who seized command from the start, attacking Bouchard’s second serves and moving her all over the court. Kvitova was always on the offensive, never letting the Canadian get comfortable. After her one bad game, when she was broken while serving for the first set at 5-2, Kvivota won the rest of the games.
Kvitova piled up 28 winners, 20 more than Bouchard. Even while being thoroughly beaten, Bouchard had only four unforced errors, as Kvitova’s searing groundstrokes pushed her into so many forced errors.
Later on Centre Court, the Italian pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci beat Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 6-3 in the women’ doubles final to complete a career doubles Grand Slam.
The men’s final will be played Sunday, with Roger Federer going for a record eighth Wimbledon title and 18th Grand Slam championship against 2011 winner Novak Djokovic.
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