Petra Kvitova won her second Wimbledon title in four years and denied Canada its first Grand Slam tennis singles crown by defeating Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets today in the women’s championship match.
The sixth-seeded Czech slammed an ace on her first serve of the match and hit 28 winners while overpowering the 13th-seeded Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 on Centre Court at the All England Club.
“I had a great tactic from my coach,” Kvitova told the crowd at the trophy presentation, which was held under the roof of Centre Court because it started to rain as the match ended. “After three years, to stand here with the title again, it’s absolutely amazing.”
Kvitova, 24, won the first set in 32 minutes against the 20-year-old Bouchard, the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam singles final. Kvitova then won the first seven points of the second set and never let Bouchard back into the match.
The crowd grew quiet as Kvitova broke serve for a 4-0 lead in the second set with a forehand return in Bouchard’s backhand corner, and then held at love for 5-0. Serving to stay in the championship, Bouchard handed her opponent her first match point with a backhand into the net.
Kvitova won the title with a backhand winner and fell to the grass, then went to her private box to embrace her coach, parents and agent.
“It was really tough for me today, but I’m proud of how I played in these past two weeks,” Bouchard said. “I feel like this is a step in the right direction for me.”
After a topsy-turvy season, which started with a first-round loss at the Australian Open followed by a third-round exit at Roland Garros, 2011 winner Kvitova regained her form on the grass at Wimbledon.
Kvitova, a left-hander, reached the final having lost just one set, against five-time champion Venus Williams in the third round, and she told reporters that win boosted her confidence for the rest of the tournament.
Other than Venus and her sister, five-time winner Serena Williams, Kvitova is the first woman since Steffi Graf to win more than one Wimbledon singles title. The German won the last of her seven Wimbledon championships in 1996.
A junior Wimbledon champion two years ago, Bouchard will move to a career-best No. 7 on the women’s WTA tour when the new rankings are released in two days, while Kvitova will jump two spots to No. 4.
Bouchard, 20, grabbed most of the media attention in the past week. Her half of the draw opened up when Serena Williams lost in the third round and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova was beaten in the fourth round. Bouchard, who lost to Sharapova in a three-set semifinal at last month’s French Open, reached the Wimbledon final without losing a set.
The match was watched from the Royal Box by Princess Eugenie -- the daughter of Britain’s Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson -- for whom Bouchard was named.
It was the first Grand Slam tennis final between two players born in the 1990s. With a combined age of 44 years, the players composed the youngest pair of finalists since Ana Ivanovic (20) of Serbia beat Russia’s Dinara Safina (22) at the 2008 French Open.