Wimbledon 2014: Petra Kvitova brushes aside Eugenie Bouchard in ladies' singles final
Last Updated: 06/07/14 12:14am
Petra Kvitova secured her second Wimbledon title in double-quick time after romping to a 6-3 6-0 success over Eugenie Bouchard in just 55 minutes.
It was a chastening experience for Bouchard in her first grand slam final, the 20-year-old Canadian simply unable to do anything to counter the brilliance of her opponent.
Kvitova had gone into the 2011 final as a big underdog against Maria Sharapova but played a nerveless match, and she was doing the same as the favourite.
Bouchard, the Wimbledon junior champion two years ago, came into the match with the best record in majors this year at 16-4 and was the only player to reach at least the semi-finals of the first three grand slams.
The Montreal resident stuck to her style of standing right on the baseline, but instead of applying pressure, it was giving her no time to counter Kvitova's huge hitting.
I can't say it's more special but after three years to be back here with the trophy is so special.
The match was threatening to get away from Bouchard quickly as Kvitova raced into a 2-0 lead in the second set, this time her backhand finding the baseline.
Bouchard looked set to stop the rot in the fourth game but Kvitova was relentless, a stunning forehand pass making it deuce and two more huge forehands giving her a 4-0 lead.
The crowd tried to lift Bouchard's sagging spirits with cries of "Come on Genie" but left-hander Kvitova ended her victim's ordeal with a sizzling backhand crosscourt winner two games later with her first Championship point.
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 and the shortest title match since 1983 when Martina Navratilova defeated Andrea Jaeger in 54 minutes.
The Czech, who hit a brutal barrage of 28 winners and four aces on Centre Court, will go from world No 6 to No 4 whe the latest rankings are released on Monday. It will be the former No 2's highest ranking since the 2012 Wimbledon fortnight, when she was ranked No 4.
"I had great tactics from my coach, he always knows how I need to play," Kvitova said. "All my team helped me a lot throughout the years to come back here and win the trophy again.
"I can't say it's more special but after three years to be back here with the trophy is so special."
Meanwhile, the photogenic and fiercely competitive Bouchard, named after Princess Eugenie by her royalty-obsessed mother, now shares with Maria Sharapova the unwanted distinction of being thrashed by Kvitova in a Wimbledon final.
"It was really tough for me today but I am proud of how I have played for these two weeks," Bouchard said. "I feel like it's a step in the right direction. I'm not sure I deserve all your love today but I certainly appreciate it."