Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 5, 2014

Special K: 2nd Wimbledon title for Petra Kvitova

LONDON —  Kvitova plays so much better at the All England Club than anywhere else, and now she owns two championships to prove it.

In one of the most dominant performances in a women’s final at Wimbledon, the sixth-seeded Kvitova of the Czech Republic overpowered and overwhelmed 13th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-3, 6-0 in only 55 minutes Saturday to add to her 2011 title at the grass-court Grand Slam.

“I know,” Kvitova said, “this is the best tournament for me.”

Absolutely true. Her career record of 26-5 at Wimbledon translates to an .839 winning percentage, compared to her marks of .667 at the three other majors and .681 at all other events.

In 2014, Kvitova lost in the first round at the hard-court Australian Open, and in the third round at the clay-court French Open. But get her on the grass court, and those speedy serves and flat forehands really shine.

“For sure, she was on,” Bouchard said. “We know that when she’s on, she’s very tough to beat. Especially on this surface.” 

 

On Saturday, the 24-year-old Kvitova certainly was “on.” Oh, was she ever. Pretty much perfect in every way.

 

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