For the first time in the history of Wimbledon, two women who were born in the 1990s stepped on to Centre Court to do battle for the 2014 Ladies Singles title on Saturday afternoon, with 2013 champion Marion Bartoli and multiple champion Martina Navratilova watching from the Royal Box.
This match was to be all about first serve percentages and unforced error counts, as both Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard really whack the ball with all their might. Bouchard had not lost a set throughout the tournament playing her Plan A game of simply hitting every ball for a winner, but from the off it was clear that Kvitova had a game plan that she was not budging from – and she played so well that the plan paid off. In the first set Bouchard held her opening game, was broken in the 3rd game and held again after saving three break points in the 5th game, but she could not hold to stay in the set, handing it to Kvitova 6-3.
Kvitova began the second set with an ace and continued in that vein with her confidence building and her serving and shot making spectacular, hitting outstanding winners from both wings, until she crushed Bouchard into submission and took the set 6-0 and the championship. It was all over in just 55 minutes, but Bouchard should learn from her first experience of a Grand Slam final and work on a Plan B for when she comes up again the likes of Petra Kvitova on top form. The Czech is a worthy 2014 Wimbledon Ladies Singles champion.
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