Kvitova wins second Wimbledon title

Salisbury Journal: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada. Eugenie Bouchard of Canada.

Petra Kvitova is queen of Wimbledon after beating tennis darling Eugenie Bouchard, who was being watched by her royal namesake Princess Eugenie of York.

Czech champion Kvitova fell to the ground in jubilation when she realised she was the winner before embracing her family and supporters in the players' box.

It is Kvitova's second Wimbledon title, having won the grand slam tournament in 2011, winning this time round with a 6-3 6-0 victory that took just 55 minutes, making it the shortest final since 1983.

After losing the final set Bouchard sat motionless in her chair, while Princess Eugenie and her boyfriend Jack Brooksbank applauded from the Royal Box.

Kvitova became the first Wimbledon champion to make use of a new gate which enabled her to celebrate with her loved ones without climbing onto the commentary box roof.

She fought back tears of joy during her post-victory interview, saying: "I just really wanted to be here again with the trophy."

The 24-year-old became emotional as she paid tribute to her family, and as the camera turned to her father, the proud dad looked on in tears.

She said afterwards: "He has a birthday tomorrow so I'm just glad that he has a nice present."

A disappointed Bouchard, who appeared to be in tears following her defeat, said: "First of all I'd like to congratulate Petra. She's played fantastic these two weeks."

She said getting to the final was a "step in the right direction", adding: "I don't know if I deserve all your love today but I really appreciate it."

Also in the Royal Box were Love Actually stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Keira Knightley, who was accompanied by her husband James Righton.

Christine Bleakley was joined by her footballer fiance Frank Lampard, who might have hoped to pick up some tips on how to become a champion following England's disastrous World Cup campaign in Brazil.

American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, with her trademark bob and sunglasses, was also in the stands at Centre Court, while The Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons - a close friend of Bouchard - was in the players' box.

Going into this year's final, the focus was on Bouchard, who said it would be "amazing" to meet the person she was named after.

And Princess Eugenie, 24, made a "last minute" decision to come to Wimbledon to support her.

Bouchard, 20, is named after the princess, while her twin sister Beatrice is named after Princess Beatrice, and their brother is called William after the Duke of Cambridge.

The defeated finalist said: "T hat was crazy. I did see her in the box. I'm very happy that she came out. Disappointed I couldn't put on a better show for her, but I'd love to meet her, of course.

"It's the only person I'm named after. She's the only one in the world.

"I haven't seen her. If she's still here, hopefully I'll get a chance to meet her."

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "P rincess Eugenie was delighted to be able to attend the Wimbledon final and see the game.

"Genuinely a last minute change of plans made it possible. HRH sends her congratulations to both players."

The two women were asked to leave the court while the Centre Court roof was closed for the presentation.

Bouchard revealed an official told her to wait in the engraver's room, which she described as being "a little odd".

She said: " I was watching them work, wishing one day, dreaming that he'll write my name somewhere."

She added: " Maybe it's a bit cruel. She just told me to go in there. I didn't ask questions."

Bouchard revealed she would now take a break from her strict regime and was looking forward to eating a chocolate brownie.

" Comfort food is the best," she joked.

Fans in Centre Court claimed she appeared nervous during the final, which lasted only 55 minutes.

Andrew Tice, 39, from Harpenden, Hertfordshire, said: "Kvitova's game plan was spot on. She had a big first serve.

"Bouchard's problem was she didn't get enough first serves in. She was a bit nervous. It was her first final and she's still quite young."

Catherine Charles, 45, from Fleet, Hampshire, said: "Once things started going wrong it's really hard to find the strength to turn it round because she's so young."

Bouchard's comments that her relationship with British player Laura Robson had cooled made front page news before the match.

Robson, who worked as a BBC Radio 5 live analyst during of the match, said: " It's a bit awkward isn't it? It's her Wimbledon final and this is her moment.

"To make it about anything other than the tennis was a bit silly in my mind. This should be about the achievement she's made and how incredible she's played over the last two weeks."

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