After a long and arduous road that winded past a bevy of talented opponents, No. 6 Petra Kvitova and No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard squared off on Saturday for the right to become the 2014 Wimbledon champion.
When the dust settled on Centre Court, it was Kvitova emerging victorious by a score of 6-3, 6-0 in a brilliant performance.
Just how good was Kvitova on Saturday? ESPN Stats & Info tweeted this telling statistic:
Petra Kvitova: 1st woman since Steffi Graf in 1992 to lose 3 or fewer games in Wimbledon final— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 5, 2014
Needless to say, the new champion was elated with her performance, as she spoke with the press after the match, via a tweet from BBC Tennis:
This marks the second time Kvitova has emerged victorious at Wimbledon—she previously won the tournament in 2011—but this was her best showing by far.
Kvitova stands at 6'0" and uses every bit of her length to create an immense amount of power. Her serve reached upward of 113 mph, and that resulted in four aces and 82 percent of first-serve points won.
Also aggressive on the volley when attacking the net, Kvitova put her power to use in that regard by coming away with 11 of 14 net points.
During her dominant performance, she ran Bouchard all over the court, finishing with precision and accumulating 28 winners over the duration of the match.
Although we already knew Kvitova's offense was simply dynamic, what was most impressive on Saturday was her defense.
She refused to allow Bouchard to get into position to gain the upper hand during a rally on many occasions, using well-placed backhands and forehands to not only stay alive after some great shots from her opponent, but also to create winners.
Take a look at this ridiculous cross-court winner, courtesy of ESPN Tennis:
Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times commented on Kvitova's defense during the match:
When Petra Kvitova plays this kind of defense, it's just not your day. Holy wow. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 5, 2014
The two-time Wimbledon champion spoke about her performance with the media:
Remarkably, Kvitova was able to get through her seven matches at the All England Club having dropped just one set. This kind of momentum and confidence will go a long way for a player who's had a bit of a patchy career since winning her last major.
Rest assured, the U.S. Open will be on Kvitova's radar in August. She's never advanced past the fourth round in the tournament, but she certainly had a great chance to do so with the continued well-rounded play she showed at Wimbledon on Saturday.
At just 24 years of age, this could just be the tip of the iceberg for Kvitova.