WIMBLEDON, England – Eugenie Bouchard arrived at Centre Court with cool confidence and a ruthless tennis game to match. Bouchard, a 20-year-old Canadian, had captured the affection of her country and of the British tabloids, her looks, play and marketability drawing gawking comparisons to Maria Sharapova.
Bouchard now has something else in common with Sharapova. She, too, has been dominated by Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in a Wimbledon final.
Kvitova won her second Wimbledon title with a near-perfect deconstruction of Bouchard on Saturday. The 6-3, 6-0 victory took 55 minutes, the shortest women’s singles final in 31 years.
In 2011, Kvitova beat Sharapova in the final 6-3, 6-4. Other than Americans Venus and Serena Williams, Kvitova is the only two-time winner in women’s singles since 1996, when German Steffi Graf won the last of her championships.
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“It means everything,” said Kvitova, calling this match one of her best. “It’s Wimbledon — the tennis history, and Centre Court is great to play on, and I feel at home.”
Kvitova, seeded sixth, surprised No. 13 Bouchard with her ability to cover the court, extending points that would have long been lost by Bouchard’s previous opponents. Kvitova’s powerful strokes were directed at all the proper angles, as if drawn by a protractor.
Kvitova, 24, mixed speeds and spins, her first serves ranging from 85 mph gyroscopes to 113 mph lasers.
“She didn’t give me many opportunities to stay in the rallies or do what I do,” Bouchard said.
• Entering the men’s final Sunday, fourth-seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland has an 18-16 record against top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia.