Kvitova hands Bouchard royal thumping to win Wimbledon

Sat Jul 5, 2014 1:20pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Her nearest and dearest thought she was "too nice to play tennis" but Petra Kvitova proved that when she walks out on court, she is "not that nice" as she handed Eugenie Bouchard a right royal thumping in the Wimbledon final.

Kvitova was so brutal and so lethal on Saturday that it will be a long time before Bouchard, tipped as a Wimbledon-queen-in-waiting, forgets the 6-3 6-0 execution she suffered at the hands of the Czech sixth seed.

It was not the final that 15,000 fans, including members of the British royal family, had flocked to see.

Kvitova did not care.

After just 55 mind-blowing minutes, she was flat on her back in celebration while spectators such as nine-times champion Martina Navratilova stood up to hail a majestic Centre Court performance.

"After three years to be back here with the trophy is absolutely amazing. It's amazing time for me," a teary-eyed Kvitova told the crowd with a quivering voice after hoisting the Rosewater Dish for the second time in four years.

"It will be good ... to have a second trophy at home. I still have a lot of work to do to match how many Martina has. So I will work very hard for that."

It was an astonishing performance for a woman whose career has gone south since her breakthrough win here three years ago.   Continued...

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in their women's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London July 5, 2014.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett