Petra Kvitova 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 final Saturday.
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 Kvitova’s more varied attacking style.
“I had great tactics from my coach — he always knows how I need to play,” Kvitova said 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 the British princess she had been named after but the occasion of playing in her first major final appeared to overwhelm the 13th seed.
Kvitova hit rip-roaring winners left, right and centre to win the most one-sided final since Steffi Graf also dropped only three games against Monica Seles in 1992.
Bouchard dropped a serve in the fourth game after Kvitova hit a scoring crosscourt winner to end an entertaining rally. Her only blip in a 55-minute demolition job was when she first attempted to serve out the set at 5-2. She dropped her serve.
It was the quickest final since Martina Navratilova took 54 minutes to wallop American Andrea Jaeger 6-0 6-3 in 1983.