There are matches that certain players will look back on the rest of their life as the "one that got away." That will not be the case for Eugenie Bouchard when she thinks back to her first trip to a Grand Slam final.
Bouchard, the 20-year-old who was making history as the first Canadian in a Wimbledon final, had a chance to show the world she is ready for this type of stage, but she ran into a force in Petra Kvitova that was not going to be stopped.
Kvitova won 6-3, 6-0, the most lopsided Wimbledon final since Steffi Graf beat Monica Seles 6-2, 6-1 in 1992, and the match felt about as one-sided as that score.
Bouchard couldn't do anything with the power of Kvitova, with the Canadian hitting just four unforced errors in the match, but mostly because she couldn't get her racquet on most of the balls.
Kvitova jumped on Bouchard's serve early, converting three of her nine break-point opportunities in the opening set and adding three more breaks in the second, cruising to her second Wimbledon title.
It was an incredibly impressive match for Kvitova, who hit 28 winners to Bouchard's eight and was able to control just about every point in the match, especially in the second set.
For Bouchard, it's a disappointing end to an incredible tournament, but it was another deep run in a Grand Slam from someone who won the junior title at Wimbledon just two years ago.
It will be disappointing, sure, but nobody was beating Kvitova on Centre Court on Saturday with the way she was hitting the ball and dominating points with her power.
Kvitova is now 2-0 in Grand Slam finals, and has shown that while Bouchard is the young gun that most people are focusing on, this 24-year-old left-hander has the game and the power to win on the biggest of stages, and it showed in this match.
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