WIMBLEDON, England — It was less a match than a mismatch, 55 minutes of tennis so one-sided the winner was moved to tears by her domination and the loser felt compelled to offer a partial apology.
Petra Kvitova won her second Wimbledon women’s singles title yesterday, crushing 20-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 before a Centre Court crowd that hoped for better.
As did Bouchard.
“I don’t know if I deserve all your love today,” said Bouchard, holding her poise if not her serve in the fastest women’s final since Martina Navratilova beat Andrea Jaeger 6-0, 6-3 in 54 minutes in 1983.
“But I really appreciate it.”
Kvitova, the 24-year-old Czech, was too powerful and too quick for Bouchard.
“No matter what Bouchard tries,” John McEnroe told the BBC TV audience, “it doesn’t seem to matter at all. This is one of the most awesome displays of shot-making I’ve ever seen. When Kvitova is on her game, the other girl can’t do anything.”
Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011, beating Venus Williams in the final, then couldn’t live with fame and expectations.
During her postmatch speech, she began to cry, sobbing, “I can’t say it’s more special, but after three years to stand here with the trophy again is amazing.”
She now has a 26-5 record at Wimbledon. “I know,” she agreed, “this is the best tournament for me.”
By a mile.
She lost in the first round of the Australian Open this year and the third round of the French Open, on clay. But on Wimbledon’s grass her big serves and flat forehands are remarkably effective.
“She played fantastic,” Bouchard said of Kvitova. “It was really tough for me today. But I think I made a step in the right direction.”
It was the first Grand Slam final for Bouchard, of Montreal, who because she was named for British royalty — Princess Eugenie — was the favorite of the crowd of some 15,000.