London (AFP) - Eugenie Bouchard admitted it was a "bit cruel" to be forced to sit and watch as Petra Kvitova's name was engraved into the Wimbledon honours board after her shattering 6-3, 6-0 final defeat.
The 20-year-old, the first Canadian to play in a Grand Slam singles final, had to sit in the All England Club engraver's room after her 6-3, 6-0 loss while the Centre Court roof was closed so that the trophy ceremony could be staged in the dry.
"It was a little odd. I was in the engraver's room, so I was watching them work, wishing one day, dreaming that he'll write my name somewhere," said Bouchard.
"Maybe it's a bit cruel. She just told me to go in there. I didn't ask questions. I was in there when I won the juniors. I got to go in the Royal Box, so while waiting, I waited in the engraver's room, as well. So I had flashbacks to that time."
- Eugenie Bouchard
- Petra Kvitova