Kvitova beats Bouchard for second Wimbledon title

 

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London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic claimed her second Wimbledon title in four years with a straight-set victory over rising Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard in Saturday's women's final at the All England Club.

The sixth-seeded Kvitova cruised past Bouchard, the No. 13 seed, by a 6-3, 6-0, margin in 55 minutes on Centre Court. It was the most lopsided women's final at Wimbledon since Steffi Graf also dropped only three games against Monica Seles in 1992.

The 6-foot Kvitova captured her only other Grand Slam championship by beating Maria Sharapova in the 2011 Wimbledon final.

"This means everything to me," said Kvitova. "I mean, its Wimbledon. Tennis here is tennis history. I just had the tears in my eyes. I was so, so happy."

Bouchard, playing in her first-ever Grand Slam final, was trying to become the first Canadian to win a major title. She had made the semifinals at both the Australian Open and the French Open this year and was the 2012 junior champion at Wimbledon.

It was the first Grand Slam final between two players born in the 1990s. Kvitova is 24, Bouchard 20.

"I'm very motivated to win a Grand Slam. It's been a lifelong dream of mine," said Bouchard. "I feel like I've taken steps in the right direction. This year I've been close in every Slam, so I'll just keep going."

The Czech left-hander used her power to overwhelm Bouchard. Kvitova hit 28 winners and won 82 percent of her first service points.

Kvitova quickly took control of the first set, racing out to a 5-2 lead. After dropping her serve, Kvitova broke Bouchard in the next game to take the first set in 32 minutes.

The Czech only needed 23 minutes in the second set to put the match away.

Kvitova, who improved to 12-4 in title matches for her career, will move to No. 4 in the WTA Rankings. Bouchard will move to No. 7.

Bouchard played in only her third career WTA final, falling to 1-2.

Kvitova is now 2-0 lifetime versus Bouchard, with the other victory coming in straight sets on the Canadian's home soil, in Toronto, last year.

Kvitova took home $3 million with the victory.

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