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Petra Kvitova vs. Eugenie Bouchard: Kvitova Solidifies Wimbledon Legacy in Win

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic holds the  trophy after winning the women's singles final against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2014

Petra Kvitova didn’t just win her second Wimbledon title Saturday—she completely dominated and secured her legacy at the All England Club in the process.

Kvitova dismantled Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0, in a match that took less than a single hour to complete. It was the most one-sided final in more than 20 years, when Steffi Graf destroyed a young Monica Seles in 1992, 6-2, 6-1.

Kvitova went to her power game early and often both with her serve and fierce baseline winners. In fact, she won the final seven games and 61 of 98 points, and made Bouchard look fairly helpless out on the grass.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05:  Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic smiles as she speaks to members of the media at a press conference following her victory in the Ladies' Singles final match against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn
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Kvitova was overcome with emotion afterward, via Greg Garber of ESPN.com:

"I can't say that it's more special [than the first title], but after three years to stand here with the trophy, it's definitely amazing.

"It's an amazing time for me."

What made the win all the more impressive was the fact that it came against a young and rising Bouchard, who looked primed to win the title after dominating in the earlier stages of the tournament. Bouchard entered the match with the best record in majors this year at 16-4 and was the only player to make it to at least the semifinals in the first three Grand Slam events.

Bouchard counted wins over No. 9 Angelique Kerber and No. 3 Simona Halep at Wimbledon as well.

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Based on momentum and performances in the previous majors, fans would have been forgiven if they expected Bouchard to come away victorious. However, that would have failed to take Kvitova’s dominance at Wimbledon into account.

Her overall power and willingness to attack works perfectly on the short and quick grass at the All England Club, as ESPN Tennis captured in this brilliant shot:

Kvitova’s impressive performance throughout the 2014 tournament only serves to solidify her 2011 championship in which she upset Maria Sharapova in the final. There was absolutely nothing fluky about her win Saturday.

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At only 24 years old, Kvitova’s game just seems to improve drastically at Wimbledon. She has played in the past five quarterfinals at the event, more than any other major during her career, and made quick work of one of the fastest-rising and most talented players on tour in Bouchard.

Perhaps this championship will set Kvitova off on an ascension of the women’s game. It seems like every tournament brings a new matchup in the final and an air of unpredictability about it, but Kvitova now has some serious momentum on her side.

Even if she fails to capitalize on this title going forward, Kvitova has to be considered one of the favorites, if not the favorite, for the 2015 edition of Wimbledon. Behind her overwhelming power, Kvitova just looks so much more comfortable on grass than any other surface, and she will have the confidence of a two-time champion next year. 

A third title would certainly put her in rarefied company.

 

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