Wimbledon Women’s Final Open Thread: Petra Kvitova v Eugenie Bouchard
by Staff | July 5th, 2014, 8:45 am
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The women’s will crown their third different Grand Slam champion this season as first-time finalist Eugenie Bouchard meets former champion Petra Kvitova today in the women’s final.

Kvitova, the 2011 champion, has lost just one set en route to her second career Slam final. The 20-year-old Bouchard, the 212 junior champion, hasn’t lost a set as she tries to become the first Canadian to ever win a single Grand Slam title.

This is the 4th straight year three different players will win the first three Grand Slams of the season. In that time (since 2011), 7 different players have won the Australian Open, Roland Garros or Wimbledon: Kim Clijsters, Li Na (x 2), Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka (x 2), Maria Sharapova (x 2), Serena Williams (x 2) and Marion Bartoli.

During the Open Era, 42 women have won at least one Grand Slam title and 23 have won multiple majors.

Bouchard is the youngest Grand Slam finalist since 2009 US Open (Wozniacki, R-Up) and is bidding to become the youngest Grand Slam champion since 2006 US Open (Sharapova).

The combined age of the finalists is 44 years, 239 days. It is the youngest final since 2008 Roland Garros when Ana Ivanovic (20 years, 214 days) defeated Dinara Safina (22 years, 41 days).

Bouchard is the first Canadian, woman or man, to reach a Grand Slam final – all time. (At time of writing, Milos Raonic is through to men’s SF).

Bouchard won Junior Wimbledon just two years ago – 2012. To date the quickest turnaround of junior-senior success at Wimbledon belongs to Hingis (Won 1994 Junior Wimbledon and, three years later, the 1997 Ladies’ Singles). Just four players have won the Wimbledon women’s singles title after winning the Wimbledon girls singles title (Haydon-Jones, Susman, Hingis and Mauresmo).

Kvitova is seeded No.6; six No.6 seeds have won a Grand Slam title in the Open Era, but only once at Wimbledon (2012 – S.Williams).

Bouchard is seeded No.13; Maria Sharapova is the only No.13 seed to have won a Grand Slam title and it happened right here at the All England Club in 2004.

[13] EUGENIE BOUCHARD (CAN #13) vs. [6] PETRA KVITOVA (CZE #6)
Kvitova leads 1-0

BOUCHARD QUICK HITS: Will move into WTA Top 10 after Wimbledon for the first time in her career; projected to be No.6 by winning the title, No.7 as R-Up; regardless, will become highest-ranked Canadian in history (formerly Bassett-Seguso at No.8)… Only player to at least reach all three of the Grand Slam SF played so far in 2014… Is 7-11 against Top 10 players, incl. 5-4 in 2014 – win over No.3 Halep in SF was 1st career win over a Top 5 player (previously 0-5)… After finishing 2013 ranked No.32, made Top 20 debut after reaching first Grand Slam SF at 2014 Australian Open… Won first career WTA title at Nürnberg (d. Ka.Pliskova in F)… 2014 Wimbledon is only her fourth career grass court main draw event (she lost in opening round at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, l. V.King)… As a junior enjoyed success at Wimbledon lifting both the singles and doubles girls’ championship trophies in 2012; also won girls’ doubles title in 2011… Named 2013 WTA Newcomer of the Year, as voted by international tennis media.

KVITOVA QUICK HITS: Through to second Wimbledon final, having won title in 2011… The fourth Czech woman to reach the final at Wimbledon more than once – joining Navratilova (won title in 1978-79 representing TCH, Mandlikova (R-Up in 1981 and 1986) and Novotna (R-Up in 1993, 1997; won title in 1998)… Was two points from losing in the 3r here, serving at 57 45 30-30 against No.30 seed Venus Williams. She managed to scrape through that match, 5-7, 7-6(2), 7-5, With R32 win, improved to 4-1 vs. V.Williams; one of 9 players who have defeated V.Williams 4 or more times… Including wins at Wimbledon over Hlavackova (1r), Zahlavova Strycova (QF) and Safarova (SF) owns a 7-0 record vs. CZE opponents in 2014… Owns a 2-5 record vs. Top 20 opponents in 2014 (54-53 lifetime) with wins over No.13 Ivanovic (Miami) and No.20 Vinci (Fed Cup SF)… Currently the top-ranked lefthander, ahead of Kerber, Makarova, Safarova and Dellacqua in Top 50… In 2013, played a WTA-leading 37 three-set matches (25-12 record); has played 13 three-set matches this year (8-5)… At 2011 Wimbledon became the first (and thus far only) player born in 1990s to win a Grand Slam title… One of 10 active Grand Slam champions.

(WTA)


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34 Comments for Wimbledon Women’s Final Open Thread: Petra Kvitova v Eugenie Bouchard

jane Says:

petra has started super strongly; her experience is really showing. her returns have been like lightning bolts. genie tends to start slowly by contrast, but at the moment it’s not looking good for her. i like both these ladies a lot. of course it’d be nice for canada to see genie win, but she has time for that, and she will win in the future, i feel certain. this is a quiet and concentrated match thus far. petra’s power is something to behold.


jane Says:

genie’s serve is not “on” like it can be. petra is punishing it. so far, i wish it were a bit more competitive. the points have been short!


jane Says:

43% first serves won for genie. 78% for petra.


Pitchaboy Says:

Grass court player (Kvitova) v baseline slugger.


calmdownplease Says:

bring back steffi, seles, evert and martina!


jane Says:

i think genie’s nervous even though her demeanour doesn’t show it. however, she’s being outclassed and overpowered. not that tightly contested of a final thus far. this may be over soon.


jane Says:

well cdp, petra is a lefty like martina and seles. :) but yes all those ladies you name were awesome. graf was one of my favourite tennis players ever.


FedExpress Says:

Congratz Kvitova for ur 2nd Wimby title

u deserved it. but show now some consistency


calmdownplease Says:

the post seles stabbing graf too?


FedExpress Says:

since 2012

azarenke won two AO titles
Misha won two frenchies
Kvitova won 2 Wimbies
Williams won two US open titles


jane Says:

6-0!! wow! i think congratulations are in order. what a dominant performance by petra today! she was so determined and dialled in from the moment she struck the ball. impressive! she hardly needed to lie down after that. ;) lovely. and yes, hopefully she’s more consistent. she has everything to just win and win and win.

genie did well to make the final, but kind of tough to have this sort of debut.


C!P! Says:

normal result , when both players have the same game ,power games , the one with the more power wins ; same style of play from both players usually means poor match also; if only Halep could’ve been here….remember Roland Garros 2014 final? power vs. technique ,beautiful match


calmdownplease Says:

wow genie got her ass truly kicked by an indomitable performance.
She’s only 20, so its a good lesson for the future but wow. lol!
worse than any early Murray blow out.
How uninspiring is womens tennis right now?


FedExpress Says:

wtf they wanna close the roof

get the tropy presentation done, be it in rain.


jane Says:

yeah C!P! i agree that the roland garros final was excellent between maria and simona. i am sure halep will win a slam. hopefully she is not injury prone though. it could very well have been her in this final too!


josh Says:

i turned the TV off when Kvitova broke 2-1 in the first. Bouchard cannot match up with the power of Kvitova. She has a very weak serve. I knew it wasn’t going to be good.


calmdownplease Says:

no nerves
the power of no nerves
Don’t we all love being in the zone?


Colin Says:

CDP, of course we all like a competitive match, but did you really find nothing inspiring in Kvitova’s performance?


calmdownplease Says:

wow Kvitvova can’t speak English at all


calmdownplease Says:

very, very well done though
she could now really take off in a way she wasn’t ready before


FedExpress Says:

@cdp 10:21

i dont give a damn. Her job is playing tennis and boy she did


calmdownplease Says:

hi colin
yeah she was amazing
see above


jane Says:

awww, petra’s speech. so heartfelt: even martina had tears. you can tell is means a lot for her to get back there, holding the trophy.

genie looked sad but it’s right that this is just a step for her. she can evolve from here.

interesting how this final has shown two different steps: one player getting back to the winning circle after struggling; the other learning how much more she needs to do to get there.


calmdownplease Says:

@jane

Preach it!


jane Says:

lol..cdp well it was over so fast.
won’t be writing anything during the final tomorrow.
will probably take a page from margot’s book and hide behind the couch. ciao for now. :)


calmdownplease Says:

Ciao Dear,
I think its Novak’s to lose myself.
All this on Fed’s raquet bollox is wishful thinking to me, but sport can suprise on the day.
It’s certainly significant for both.
Good luck!


FedExpress Says:

V Wade is talking shit on bbc two

says that fed doesnt like playing murray. Nadal is understandable. but why not murray


Humble Rafa Says:

God asked for a ticket to the match on Sunday and was told “Your ticket was already issued. Please prove that you are the real God”.


calmdownplease Says:

@fedexpress

Because dear, Andy is 6 years younger than Fed
And beat him easily last time on CC.
Oh but don’t worry, Wade is still a miserable fedite.
Yet andy still has a positive H2H so she is accurate enough.
If Andy was playing his best this year he would be the winner in my view.


Colin Says:

Congratulations to Virginia Wade for catching up with what I said a day or two ago!

“Why Murray?”

FedExpress, you’d better ask Federer, because it is a fact that he tends to get ratty when playing Andy. As I mentioned before, YouTube has a long video of Murray’s first victory over Fed, at Cinci in 2006, when Andy was a skinny teenager. Fed was so frustrated he smacked a spare ball into the crowd at one point.

Murray still leads Fed head-to-head, and I don’t think the proud Swiss likes anyone to do that. Then again, Federer, tired or not, lost that Olympic final,and although many try to say the medal doesn’t mean much, you can bet Federer wanted one, and that was probably his last chance to get it.


madmax Says:

Colin, a close h2h, I agree, however, goodness me, Federer respects Murray. The comments he has given to Andy on him defending his title at Wimbledon this year, and wishing him all the best, was wonderful. It’s only when people want to mix it up and say the negative things, that you put a different slant on it.

Go read the interview with Fed (I posted it at the start of the Wimbledon tournament). He really said Andy was a class act.


madmax Says:

Colin,

Federer, you are right, “wanted a medal!”, and he got one! As a federer fan, extremely proud that Federer has TWO medals at an Olympics. A gold AND a silver. He has nothing left to prove, that is for sure.


Giles Says:

“Federer has TWO medals at an Olympics”. True. But he doesn’t have the SINGLES Gold which is on his bucket list. Maybe in 2016 but I doubt it very much.
Hope you enjoy the final tomorrow madmax, win or lose.


Margot Says:

It was a beat down, such a shame, but Kvitova was unplayable -that serve, that ROS, those angles. Not afraid to come forward either, which I like. Hope she’s got her mojo back now. One of the few players who can match Serena’s power.
Best women’s match I saw was between Petra and Venus. It was fantastic, neither would give an inch.

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