After a five-set thriller in the men’s championship and a dominant performance on the women's side, the 2014 Wimbledon Grand Slam has finally concluded and the focus has shifted to the prize money and how it will be dispersed.
With Petra Kvitova winning the women’s title and Novak Djokovic winning on the men’s side, the excitement surrounding the fortnight at the All England Club made this the perfect conclusion to an amazing tournament.
Here is the complete breakdown of the prize money at the 2014 edition of the Wimbledon Championships.
|2014 Wimbledon Prize Money Breakdown|
|Men's and Women's Singles||Total (£)||Increase (%)|
|4th Round Losers||117,000||11.4|
|3rd Round Losers||71,000||12.7|
|2nd Round Losers||43,000||13.2|
|1st Round Losers||27,000||14.9|
Biggest Winner of Wimbledon 2014: Petra Kvitova
No. 13 seed Eugenie Bouchard deserves immense credit for making it all the way to the final, but the sheer dominance Petra Kvitova showed en route to a 6-3, 6-0 win showcased just how great she can be.
At only 24 years old, Kvitova is now a two-time Wimbledon champion.
Bouchard was arguably the hottest player in the tournament coming into her matchup on Saturday, but using her aggressive return and her powerful serve helped Kvitova stun her challenger.
Once Kvitova got ahead in points, she never looked back.
After winning the championship, Kvitova spoke to Simon Cambers of The Guardian about the pressure she will face as the reigning winner of this event:
I think I need to try to enjoy it. Otherwise I really can’t [cope]. I’m not the kind of person who can act with something. So I think I need to enjoy it a little bit. But it is going to be tough for me.
Maybe it will help that I already know what it feels like to be champion. It is a great experience and I remember the good and bad things from that time. The pressure is going to be there again a little bit. More pressure than there was. I can’t imagine what it is going to be like again. All I know is that I am just glad that I won.
In seven matches during the tournament, Kvitova dropped only one set against any of her challengers and it came against the always-tough Venus Williams, who won the first set in their match 7-5.
Add in lopsided wins over players like Lucie Safarova and Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova, and it’s clear Kvitova is back to her elite form.
The next step is the U.S. Open.
Kvitova must immediately turn her focus to the preparation for the next Grand Slam on the schedule. She will undoubtedly sharpen her teeth in several smaller events leading up to the season's final major.
After never making it past the fourth round at the American event, she will be looking to ride momentum from Wimbledon and steal the show in New York City.
Prize Money: £1,760,000
*Stats via Wimbledon.com.
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