Kvitova ready to shoulder the pressure of being champion

Sun Jul 6, 2014 1:37pm EDT
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By Sam Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - The Venus Rosewater Dish proved to be something of a poisoned chalice for Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova after her 2011 win but she says the difficult experience means she is now ready to cope with the pressure of a second title win.

The sixth-seeded Czech produced her best tennis on Centre Court on Saturday to dispatch a rising talent of the women's game, Eugenie Bouchard, 6-3 6-0 in just 55 minutes.

Her demolition of the Canadian meant she repeated her triumph at the All England Club after three years of disappointing performances at major championships.

Kvitova said the pressure of that first title as a 21-year-old weighed heavily on her shoulders, but she was now much better prepared for the expectations that come with being a Wimbledon champion.

"There were ups and downs in the three years since I won here," she told reporters. "There were times I didn’t think I could ever win another grand slam.

"The worse thing was the expectation, from me and the (people) outside, to play well.

"I know how it feels to play as a Wimbledon champion in the next tournament now. I didn’t do so well last time so I want to be more prepared for the next match. It was something new for me then but I will know how it feels and deal with it better now."


Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic attends a news conference 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/Javier Garcia/AELTC/Pool