Wimbledon: Bouchard and Kvitova ready to go nuts at grand slam final
It was "a weird match with a weird ending" but all Eugenie Bouchard cared about was the split-second in which she saw Simona Halep's lunging service return spinning into the net.
It was the moment that confirmed her 7-6(5) 6-2 victory over the Romanian third seed at Wimbledon on Thursday.
"It's not a surprise for me. I expect good results like this. I totally feel like I belong. But I still have another match so it's not a full celebration yet," said the remarkably self-assured 20-year-old who is the first Canadian to reach a grand slam final.
Now she will face Petra Kvitova in the final, after the Czech beat Lucie Safarova 7-6(6) 6-1.
How do they match up?
Here's a quick comparison on the two finalists who have gone against all odds to get to Wimbledon finals.
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Table: Epoch Times
Will Bouchard win?
Bouchard has been on the fast lane to success since winning the junior title at Wimbledon in 2012.
In only her second year on the professional tour, she reached the semi-finals of the Australian and French Opens and is now a win away from living up her billing as the "next Maria Sharapova".
"I see it as a compliment to be compared to someone like Sharapova who has won five slams. She's a great champion," said Bouchard, who is seeded 13th this year, just like the Russian was when she captured hearts with her 2004 triumph.
Her calm and composed nature has helped her tremendously in trying situations, most recently against Halep where there were several distractions that stopped play.
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard returns to Romania's Simona Halep during their women's singles semi-final match on day ten of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships on July 3, 2014. Photo: AFP
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts after defeating Simona Halep of Romania in their women's singles semi-final tennis match against at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 3, 2014. Photo: Reuters
Can Kvitova win Wimbledon for the second time?
What Kvitova cared about after securing a spot in the finals was that she was now two sets away from shedding her one-hit wonder tag.
Kvitova has been displaying toughness and skills that she hasn't shown since she won Wimbledon in 2011. She hits the ball harder than most women players and cuts opponents down with her left-handed serve.
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova serves to Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova during their women's singles semi-final match on day ten of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships on July 3, 2014. Photo: AFP
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic (R) embraces Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic after defeating her in their women's singles semi-final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 3, 2014. Photo: Reuters
Being the Wimbledon 2011 winner at the age of 21 has added extra pressure on her but the Czech player remains positive.
"These three years was really up and down... but I'm definitely ready for a final and I'm going to try the best," said the 24-year-old, who went from carefree wannabe to angst-ridden champion.
The finals will air on July 5, 9pm Singapore time.
- Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Epoch Times, YouTube