The Petra Kvitová spark

2014-07-05 23:00

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Petra Kvitová produced a majestic performance to end Eugenie Bouchard’s hopes of becoming the first Canadian to win a grand slam title with a 6-3, 6-0 win in the Wimbledon women’s singles final in London today.

Much had been made of Bouchard’s raw power and determination to triumph in what she calls the “Temple of Tennis”, but the ­20-year-old was unable to cope with sixth seed Kvitová’s more varied attacking style.

“I had great tactics from my coach – he always knows how I need to play,” Kvitová told the crowd during the presentation ceremony after hoisting the Rosewater Dish for the second time in four years.

“After three years, to be back here with the trophy is so special.”

Bouchard was watched from the Royal Box by Princess Eugenie of York, who she was named after, but the occasion of playing in her first major final appeared to overwhelm the 13th seed.

Kvitová hit rip-roaring winners left, right and centre to win the most one-sided final since Steffi Graf dropped only three games against Monica Seles in 1992.

Bouchard dropped serve in the fourth game after Kvitová hit a scoring cross-court winner to end an entertaining rally that had sent both players scampering around the court. Kvitová’s only blip during the 55-minute demolition job was when she first attempted to serve out the set at 5-2. She dropped her serve, but then broke her rival in the next game with return.

The crowd tried to lift Bouchard’s sagging spirits with cries of “Come on Genie”, but left-hander Kvitová simply went into overdrive in the second, winning it in 22 blistering minutes, and ended her victim’s ordeal with a sizzling backhand cross-court winner.

“It was just amazing. You always dream as a player to play your best tennis on the biggest stage, and that was a thing of beauty,” summed up former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport.

“You can’t even blame Bouchard because she didn’t play badly, but she just didn’t get the chance to play because Kvitová didn’t allow her to. I don’t think anyone would have been able to play her today.”

It was the quickest final since Martina Navratilova took 54 minutes to wallop American Andrea Jaeger 6-0 6-3 in 1983.

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