With fellow Czech Republic native Martina Navratilova looking on, Kvitova who idolizes Martina, didn't allow Bouchard much room to operate on the grass court. The angles of her ground strokes along with their power, awed even ESPN color commentator Chris Evert, who looked at Bouchard and said, "Sometimes, it's good when it hurts. She was taken by surprise by Kvitova's power, a good lesson in grass court tennis."
Her point was that the very confident Canadian will work harder to try and avoid the embarrassment she suffered on this day. Bouchard had not lost a set throughout the fortnight yet fell in 55 minutes, giving up 28 winners from the champion. In speaking to the crowd, Bouchard said she knew that she didn't inspire much awe on the day, but vowed to fight on.
Kvitova followed up what was considered a surprise win over Maria Sharapova in 2011, with a masterful performance. It took less than one hour as she pressured her opponent into making mistakes and looking foolish chasing down balls that came with power and angles a slide rule seemed necessary to draw.
A more mature Petra told ESPN after the match that this win was so much more meaningful to her, because she was more able to appreciate the victory, having come back from injury. She was a more mature player and woman, she said to tom Rinaldi, immediately after the trophy ceremony, "I had to change, I was still a kid."
Bouchard looked shell-shocked throughout the final set and particularly after the match as she was forced, by tradition to watch Kvitova parade around the court with the trophy held high. The two women were surprise finalists after the top ladies' seeds dropped out one at a time. Bouchard was seeded 13, Kvitova 6 with Serena, Maria, and Li Na nowhere in sight.
Bouchard has had quite a year, having made it to at least the semi-finals in all three Grand Slams of 2014. A fan darling, Bouchard had installed CBS TV star Jim Parsons, a fellow Canadian, in her friend's box throughout the final week of the tournament. She oozed confidence throughout every interview repeatedly saying that "Whenever I take the court, I expect to win."
Back to the drawing board, and on hard court circuit leading up to the U.S. Open in August.