This is a familiar position for Petra Kvitova.
The world No. 6 was in this exact same press conference room three years ago preparing for her first Wimbledon final. That memorable Thursday saw Kvitova proclaim herself capable of defeating Sharapova and then heading out to fulfill her destiny two days laters.
This time around, the Czech Republic native was faced with a semi-final clash against good friend Lucie Safarova, whom she defeated in straight sets to secure a spot her second Wimbledon final.
“Mentally it was a tough match as Lucie is a great friend of mine. I’m only happy to have won. I tried to be focused since the second set beginning and I have been able to catch her. Afterwards I served very well and I kept my advantage.”
Unlike her upcoming opponent, Eugenie Bouchard, who also reached final following a straight sets win over Simona Halep, she is accustomed to the nerves and sensations that come with playing a Wimbledon final on Centre Court. She believes it is that priceless knowledge and experience that will aid her to a second title at SW19.
“I’ve got two days to go until the final. I will just try my best out there,” Kvitova said. “I know the feeling when you hold the trophy and I really want to win my second title here and I will do everything that I can.
“I’ll do my best to do it again!”