Wimbledon Final: As It Happened
Published July 05, 2014 12:13
Next it's the champion's turn: "I had great tactics from my coach - he always knows how I need to play. It was definitely a tough match, mentally. 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 than last time but after three years to be back here with the trophy is so special. I have to say thank to everyone who supports me all the time, it is a special time for me. Hopefully it will be good for everyone in the Czech Republic to have a second trophy. It is my second title so I hope it will be a little bit easier for me to handle."
Bouchard receives a huge ovation from the crowd as she collects her silver platter, and even musters a little smile when she addresses the crowd: "I'd like to congratulate Petra, she played fantastic these two weeks. It was really tough for me today, but I'm proud of how I've played this whole tournament. I love coming back to Wimbledon so thank you guys."
There'll be no clambering up the stands today, Kvitova makes uses of the new Champions Gate to make her way into the players' box to embrace her team.
KVITOVA WINS HER SECOND WIMBLEDON, 6-3, 6-0! It's getting repetitive now. Kvitova can hardly miss today on her return. A couple more thumping strikes bring her to within touching distance of a second Wimbledon crown. Bouchard nets a backhand to bring up the first match point which Kvitova fittingly takes with yet another wonderful winner -her 28th of the afternoon. To quote the great Barry Davies: you have to say, that's magnificent!
Kvitova 5-0: There are very few players that could live with Kvitova on this sort of form. She races through another service game in double-quick time.
Kvitova 4-0: Bouchard gets a couple of much-needed unforced errors and looks like she will finally get on the board. Unfortunately, Kvitova has all the answers today, winning another absorbing exchange with a brilliant forehand cross-court pass. The next point she swats away second serve with distain and then captures the break with another stinging return.
Kvitova 3-0: Kvitova looks to be cruising to another comfortable hold only for a lovely backhand pass and forehand error pegging her back to deuce. Could this be a turning point? Not with the Czech serving like this as she bangs down two more first serves to move within sight of victory.
Kvitova 2-0: Kvitova gets to 0-30 and then punishes a short second serve to bring up yet another chance to break. Bouchard saves one with a nice backhand but is helpless on the next as a Kvitova return finds the baseline. It's a long way back for the Canadian now.
Kvitova 1-0: There's no sign of a let-up at the start of the second. Kvitova breezes through her opening service game to love.
Kvitova 6-3: There's no stopping Kvitova, who brings up three set points with a magnificent backhand return winner. Bouchard saves the first two but can do nothing about the third as Kvitova unleash another of those thumping returns to bring a mightily impressive set to an end.
Kvitova 5-3: Bouchard shows what she's capable, dictating a rare point to force and error at 15-15. She then brings up her first break points of the match with fantastic down-the-line passing shot, pulling back one of the breaks when Kvitova nets a backhand.
Kvitova 5-2: The winners continue to flow of Kvitova's racquet as she moves to 0-30 once again. Bouchard seems to be feeling the pressure. Two more break points arriving after a double fault. Kvitova is not in such a charitable mood this time, finding the baseline with her return and swatting away a forehand to capture the insurance break.
Kvitova 4-2: Unperturbed by this missed opportunity, Kvitova reels off a couple more winners to race through a blink-and-you-missed-it service game.
Kvitova 3-2: Kvitova really looks in the mood today, another big forehand leaving Bouchard scrambling. Bouchard then misses a backhand to slip to 0-30. A double fault brings up a couple of break points. The first is saved with a smart half-volley winner. The second when Kvitova misses her return long. Another break point comes and goes for the former champ, but Bouchard stays in touch thanks to a couple more unreturned first serves.
Kvitova 3-1: The Czech looks to be easing into a 3-1 lead when she moves 40-15 ahead. Bouchard gets back to deuce thanks to double fault and a brilliant return. Kvitova escapes, though, thanks in no small part due to a late contender for point of the tournament, defending brilliantly before flicking an improvised backhand passing shot.
Kvitova 2-1: A thumping backhand return helps the Czech get back to 30-30. She repeats the trick with an even better shot from the same wing to earn the first break point of the match. She can't capitalize, though, miss-timing a backhand into the tramlines. She gets another chance when a limp Bouchard forehand finds the net. This time she strikes, a stunning forehand shot whistling past a statuesque Bouchard.
1-1: Kvitova opens up with her 39th ace of tournament, following this up with backhand winner right into corner as she holds to 15.
Bouchard 1-0: Bouchard falls 0-15 behind but calms nerve with crisp forehand winner before holding comfortably when Kvitova frames a return long.
Much of the talk at this year's Wimbledon has surrounded the possible changing of the guard at the top of the women's game. While such conversations may be a tad premature, this afternoon will be the first Grand Slam final between two 1990-born player.
Kvitova, the No.6 seed, has not reached a major final since she saw off Maria Sharapova to win the title here three years ago. Bouchard, meanwhile, is the first Canadian to play in a major singles final. Can she follow it to become the first to win one? We're about to find out.