by Helen Earnshaw |
Petra Kvitova made her name at Wimbledon twelve months ago when she stormed to the semi-finals, a year later and she lifted the title as she saw off Maria Sharapova in straight sets.
It was a first Grand Slam final for Kvitova and she is the first Czech player Jana Novotna in 1998 to lift the ladies’ title.
It was Sharapova’s first Wimbledon final sine she lifted the title seven years ago after she battled back from a serious shoulder injury, which resulted in surgery.
Sharapova was manys favourite for the title after having a great clay court season and she made the best start as she broke in the opening game.
But her lead would not last long as Kvitova hit straight back - and all of her opening set nerves appeared to have disappeared.
Double faults once again crept into the Sharapova game and a second break followed in the sixth as Kvitova edged ahead 4-2.
While Sharapova did save one set point it wasn’t enough as Kvitova held her nerve to take the opener 6-3, her power proving to be too much for the former world number one.
And while many were waiting for Sharapova to move up the gears it never came as Kvitova broke in the opening game of the second set and she was in complete control.
But Sharapova showed her fighting spirit as she got the break back, roared on by her camp, to level at 2-2.
The pair traded two more breaks of serve to remain level at 3-3 as never player could capitalise on their chances.
A fantastic return game from Kvitova in the eighth saw her break once again as she broke to lead 5-3 and was left to serve for the set.
While many first time winners may have crumbled under the pressure of serving for the title Kvitova was as cool as a cucumber as she served the game out to love to wrap up a 6-3 6-4 victory.
Speaking to the BBC after the match Kvitova said: "It's hard to find some words.
"I'm standing here with the trophy and I see some great players in the Royal Box. It's very nice that Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna are watching me and have supported me all the time during the tournament and gave me some advice."
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