Photo: Paul ZimmerPetra Kvitova (CZE)
A stunning performance from Petra Kvitova proved too much for 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard as the Czech powered her way to her second Wimbledon crown on Saturday.
Twenty-four-year-old Kvitova, who won her first title at the All England Club in 2011, produced a phenomenal display of measured big-hitting to oust Canada’s first ever Grand Slam finalist 63 60 in just 55 minutes.
It was the shortest Wimbledon women’s final since 1983, when Martina Navratilova defeated Andrea Jaeger 60 63 in just 54 minutes, and served to illustrate Kvitova’s dominance on the lawns of the All England Club when all the elements of her powerful game click into place.
"It means everything [to win Wimbledon again], definitely," said Kvitova. "I mean, it's Wimbledon. Tennis here is tennis history. The Centre Court [is]always great to play on. I feel really like at home.
"I mean, you know, I was really up and down after my title here in 2011. I was still work[ing] hard, believing in myself. My team believed in me as well.
"We did a good job and I'm just glad I have it for a second time."
Kvitova had dropped just one set en route to the final - in a gripping 57 76(2) 75 triumph over 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the 3rd round - and she looked far from overawed in her second Wimbledon final.
Marching into an early lead after scoring an early break, Kvitova barely stopped for breath, pummelling heavy grounds strokes deep into her young opponent’s court. She broke six times in the match overall and blasted 28 winners, rounding out the fifth shortest Grand Slam final in the Open Era five minutes short of the hour mark.
“I didn't feel like I was able to play my game,” conceded Bouchard afterwards. “She really took the chances away from me and was really putting a lot of pressure on me. I didn't have that many opportunities.
“But, you know, sometimes your opponent just plays better than you, and that's what happened today.”
Bouchard could, however, take many positives away from her fortnight in South-West London and promised to come back stronger next time.
“You know, it was a big moment walking out onto Centre Court for a final,” she added. “You know, I have that experience now. I know what it feels like. I hope I can walk out to many more finals. That's the goal.
“I'm going to go back, work on my game, try to get better, because you always need to get better.”
Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci became the 5th women’s doubles team to complete the career doubles Grand Slam after defeating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenvoic in a 56-minute doubles final.
The Italian duo, who had already won the 2013 and 2014 Australian Opens, 2012 Roland Garros and the 2012 US Open, completed their Grand Slam set after a polished 61 63 triumph under the Centre Court roof.
Asked what the feat meant to her, Errani was momentarily lost for words.
"Unbelievable. I mean, no words to tell you what is it for us," she said. "Of course we were thinking about [completing the Grand Slam]. We were thinking about that all the day, all the morning. Of course [it] is very special."
Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock stunned Bob and Mike Bryan in the men's doubles final, prevailing 76(5) 67(3) 64 36 75 in three hours and six minutes to become the first team to win a Grand Slam doubles title in their first tournament together since Lleyton Hewitt/Max Mirnyi at the 2000 US Open.
"As kids we grew up watching this tournament," beamed Sock. "This is what we kind of dreamed of doing. To be able to go out there and play the best doubles team of all time and to get a win was pretty incredible."