Saturday 5 July 2014
The power that brings glory: Kvitova’s serve and ground strokes are among the most powerful and destructive in the women’s game, and this was a day when they were bang on target. She did not serve and volley once. There was no need to.
Standing tall: Kvitova tops six feet which gives her the chance to bring her serves down from a greater height than most and when she is on form, which was very much the case, the effect is devastating.
The left-hander: Being left-handed can constitute an extra advantage on the serve to the ad court against right-handed opponents and Kvitova pushed this one to the full. No wonder the watching Martina Navratilova, an even more famous Czech left-hander, was in tears at the end – tears of happiness for her compatriot and possibly over memories of her own nine Wimbledon triumphs.
The experience: Having won Wimbledon once already was of enormous help to Kvitova, who knew what would be involved in the build-up and on the day itself. She was ready from the first ball and never let Bouchard have even a moment of respite or hope.
Steady as she goes: Winning Wimbledon for the first time in 2011 could have ignited Kvitova’s career but it never materialised. This was her first Grand Slam final since then because of variable form, as well as injuries. Now was the time to play to perfection – and she did.
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