10 Things: Kvitova Vs Bouchard
Published July 04, 2014 12:15
LONDON, England - One's looking to recapture the title that propelled her to Grand Slam greatness, the other is looking to get there for the first time - here's 10 Things To Know about the final...
1) Kvitova beat Bouchard in their only previous meeting.
Their only previous meeting, in the second round of Toronto last summer, saw Kvitova win, 6-3, 6-2. But the score was deceiving - just about every game was close and it lasted an hour and 26 minutes.
Fast forward to about 4:30 in the below video to see highlights from that meeting:
"I know I can play at that level and I know I can play better than I did today," Bouchard, who was ranked No.62 at the time, said after the match. "I always love getting the opportunity to play against a Top 10 player like Petra, and even if I wasn't playing my best tonight, I was fighting my best.
"I've worked hard my whole life and want to be a Top 10 player, so I need to play against the best."
2) Bouchard is going to break the Top 10 and rise to at least No.7 after this.
Bouchard is projected to rise from No.13 to No.7 on the WTA Rankings if she loses in the final and up to No.6 if she wins. Regardless of what happens, she'll not only make her Top 10 debut, she'll pass former World No.8 Carling Bassett-Seguso to become Canada's highest-ranked player in WTA history.
3) Kvitova will go from No.6 to No.4 no matter what happens in the final.
Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, will go from No.6 to No.4, win or lose in the final. It will be the former No.2's highest ranking since the 2012 Wimbledon fortnight, when she was ranked No.4.
4) There are big Road To Singapore leaderboard implications on Saturday.
Bouchard is currently No.8 on the year-long journey to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and could move to No.4 with a runner-up finish or No.3 by winning the title. Kvitova is currently at No.16 and can move into the Top 8 on the leaderboard with the title.
5) Bouchard is the first Canadian, male or female and all-time, to reach a Grand Slam final.
As of Thursday night, Bouchard is the only Canadian, male or female, ever to reach a Grand Slam final in singles. She could be joined by countryman Milos Raonic if he reaches the men's final on Friday.
6) Kvitova was nearly out of the tournament in Week 1.
Kvitova was two points from losing third round, while she was serving at 5-7, 4-5, 30-all against No.30 seed Venus Williams. She managed to scrape through that match, 5-7, 7-6(2), 7-5, and since Maria Sharapova went out in the fourth round, Kvitova has been the only Grand Slam champion in the draw.
7) This is the first Grand Slam final between players born in the 1990s.
Only five times have players born in the 1990s reached Grand Slam finals - Caroline Wozniacki at the 2009 US Open, Petra Kvitova at 2011 Wimbledon, Simona Halep at the 2014 French Open, and now Kvitova and Bouchard at 2014 Wimbledon. Obviously this is the first all-1990s-babies Grand Slam final.
8) Bouchard has made the fastest Grand Slam junior-to-senior transition since the '80s.
Bouchard won the Wimbledon junior title in 2012. The last player to go from winning a Grand Slam junior title to reaching a Grand Slam final in the pros in two years or less was Natasha Zvereva, who won her last Grand Slam junior title at the 1987 US Open and, less than a year later, made it to the 1988 French Open final (where her run came to a quick end to Steffi Graf in 32 minutes, 6-0, 6-0).
9) The No.6 seed has won Grand Slams six times in the Open Era.
No.6 could be lucky - six No.6 seeds have won Grand Slams in the Open Era, namely Virgnia Wade (1968 US Open), Steffi Graf (1999 French Open), Mary Pierce (2000 French Open), Anastasia Myskina (2004 French Open), Li Na (2011 French Open) and Serena Williams (2012 Wimbledon).
10) Only one No.13 seed has ever won a Grand Slam - but it's a good one...
The only No.13 seed to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era was Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004. And as legend has it, Bouchard was inspired by that victory: "When she won Wimbledon I was watching her on TV, and I thought, 'Wow, what she's doing is cool. I want to do the same.'"