Petra Kvitova conquers her 2nd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon !


Petra Kvitova, the Czech left-hander who was born in Bilovec, towered over the ladies’ singles final with an awesomely impressive display of power tennis that crushed Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-0 in just 55 minutes. This title is the second Grand Slam title for Kvitova who already won on Wimbledon’s grass in 2011.

A really well deserved title for Petra Kvitova, one of the most talented player on the WTA tour, but also and mainly one of the nicest. After three difficult years for her, the happiness was huge for the Czech, and congratulations from her fellow WTA players like Angelique Kerber, Yanina Wickmayer, Kristina Mladenovic, Madison Keys or Lucie Safarova came quickly on Twitter. Safarova who explained : “I remember when she was 14 and she arrived in Prostejov, she was just a girl from a small village who came to the city. It’s great to see how she improved, because she really made a lot of progress these past years. She is one of the best players in the world.” Shining on Centre Court at Wimbledon, Petra Kvitova was equally during her post-final press conference. With a smile that never left her face, the young Czech has responded to various questions from reporters including the hard work of these past years and the happiness of winning her second Grand Slam title. Here’s what the grass court goddess had to say.

On whether this was the best match she’s played in her life…
Yeah, it seems like it, right? It definitely was one of the best matches that I’ve played. I knew I could play well on the grass, but I really played so well today. I knew exactly what I had to play to beat her. I just did everything I could in the moment. I was very focused for every point. I knew that I had to go forward for every shot I was playing to push her back, and yeah, I did it.

On what this title means to her…
It means everything, definitely. I mean, it’s Wimbledon. Tennis here is tennis history. Centre Court is always great to play on. I really feel like I’m at home. I was really up and down after my title here in 2011, but I still worked hard and believed in myself, and my team believed in me as well. We did a good job and I’m just glad I have it for a second time.

On whether she felt like she was in the zone…
Probably. Definitely. I love to play finals. I love to play on the big stadiums. This is something really special. It doesn’t feel like just a normal tournament for me – it’s something more, more, more. But definitely I was in the zone in the match today. I was still thinking it’s the final and I knew the emotions. It’s a little bit like Fed Cup when I’m playing in the Czech Republic and I feel the crowd. My stomach is a little bit funny – it’s just goosebumps. But when I won the first set, I said to myself, ‘Okay, I still have to do the same work.’ I was worried I couldn’t do it for the whole match, but I did it.


On when she first started realizing she was in the zone…
It was probably when I had a game point at 3-1 in the first set and it was a really long point, and I did a passing shot after a huge rally. Maybe from then I was like, ‘Okay, that’s not normal.

On her impressive court coverage during the final…
Maybe it was magic. I was really prepared for everything. I knew I had to go for every shot, but I also think for her it wasn’t really easy when she saw I was running and putting everything back too.

On what went through her mind the moment she won…
When I sat on the chair at 5-0, I was like, ‘Okay, now you can try to break her, and if not, you have the serve.’ So I was a little bit more relaxed since I had a few chances to do that. But I still knew I could break her. Then suddenly I did a winner from the backhand, and I was so happy. I didn’t really know what was going to happen, and I just had tears in my eyes, I was just so, so happy. When I saw my box after that, it was even more special for me.

On Eugenie Bouchard…
I think she definitely played a great tournament here. I mean, she reached the final as a very young girl. I know she can be very dangerous. I just did what my coach David told me, that I had to really go for every shot, to not really give her the time for her game. Definitely she’s a talented player. I think she’s going to be better and better if she works hard.


On whether it’s her goal to pass Martina Navratilova’s nine Wimbledon titles…
It’s not my goal, definitely. I mean, I don’t think it’s something I can really achieve. Definitely she’s a great champion – she has nine titles. But it’s nice to see her in the locker room, and she’s smiling and she’s happy for me. She’s really cheering for me. It’s nice to have someone like her. She’s a legend. She’s really huge in the Czech Republic. Everywhere, actually. I’m just glad that I have this huge fan. »

On another one of her huge fans, her dad, crying when she won…
He does cry a lot. It’s nothing new, nothing special! And actually I think everyone was crying in my box, so I think he wasn’t the only one. I was crying, as well. But my dad is very emotional. I have that from him. It’s my dad. He has a birthday tomorrow, so I’m just glad that he has a nice present.


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