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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Ruthless Kvitova lands second Wimbledon title to end Canadian dreams

Published 05/07/2014 | 15:26

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Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the winners trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish,
after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the winners trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the 2014 women's Wimbledon final
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the 2014 women's Wimbledon final
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova with the trophy after beating Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova with the trophy after beating Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships

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 on Saturday.

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The Czech captured her second title at the All England Club having also lifted the Rosewater Dish in 2011.

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.

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 serve in the fourth game after Kvitova hit a scoring crosscourt winner to end an entertaining rally that had sent both players scampering around the court.

Kvitova's only blip during a 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 a thumping return.

The crowd tried to lift Bouchard's sagging spirits with cries of "Come on Genie" but left-hander Kvitova simply went into overdrive in the second, winning it in 22 blistering minutes, and ended her victim's ordeal with a sizzling backhand crosscourt 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 Kvitova didn't allow her to. I don't think anyone would have been able to play her today.

"Bouchard tried everything but Kvitova didn't miss anything."

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