LADIES’ champion Petra Kvitova says winning Wimbledon tasted even sweeter the second time around, after she curtailed Eugenie Bouchard’s rapid ascent in brutal fashion on Sunday.
Kvitova thrashed the 20-year-old Canadian 6-3, 6-0 in just 55 minutes to repeat her 2011 success. Back then, that looked set to be the first of many grand slam titles for the 6ft Czech, but Kvitova struggled to live up to those standards and had not reached another major final until this tournament.
“It was up and down in the three years after I won here and definitely there were times when I really didn’t think I can win another grand slam,” said the 24-year-old world No4.
“I’m enjoying it more than my first one. That time I didn’t know how to feel and how everything was going to be, and it was a surprise to me. This time I’m so satisfied. I think it’s more special for me. It was a lot of work and nobody really believed that I can play my best again and win another grand slam. I’m just glad I’m here again.”