Kvitova’s Power Play Too Good

Poor Eugenie Bouchard, who has won the hearts of the British public over the last fortnight, had no answer to Kvitova’s stunning shot-making. Paul Newman, tennis correspondent for The Independent

A “master” class in women’s tennis

By Roger Childs

Kvitova and trophyTwenty year old Canadian, Eugenie Bouchard, has had a great year’s tennis so far. A semi-finalist in Melbourne and Paris, she went one step further at Wimbledon and made the final. Could she win her first grand slam on centre court in The Championships?  Not against the 2011 champion Petra Kvitova who was all class, winning the final 6-3, 6-0 in less than an hour. Bouchard didn’t play badly, but she was up against the experienced Czech at the top of her game.

The first set saw both women playing quality tennis, but an early service break put the Czech in the box seat. Bouchard might have lost 2-6. but broke Kvitova’s serve to take her third game. But then Kvitova went on to win the last seven games.

KvitovaExperience and power wins through

Kvitova plays a take no prisoners game and is not looking to entertain the crowd with lengthy baseline rallies. She is trying to hit winners with every shot and this approach was too much for the young Canadian.

 

Kvitova won the final because of her

~ superb first serves thundering down at average of over 170kph
~ powerful forehand shots which are often tightly angled
~ frequent cross court winners
~ reliable backhand and overhead
~ speed around the court and excellent placement
~ ability to power Bouchard weak second serves away for winners.

BouchardIt was a day when Kvitova made few errors and took risks which paid off. After the match she commented Maybe it was magic. I was really prepared for everything.

She was totally focused and ruthless in putting away her opponent. Bouchard will clearly have learnt lessons from being on the end of a hiding from a champion in top form.

Bouchard has great potential and will be a future grand slam winner, if she can maintain the power of her ground strokes and improve the pace and variation of her second serve. She also needs to work on her speed around the court.

 

Earning their money?

As the winner Kvitova pocketed over $NZ 3.5 million and Bouchard more than $NZ1.5 million. Fair enough? Some years ago women tennis players argued for the same prize money as the men and won their case.

Decades ago, New Zealand women were financially disadvantaged in the workplace and the catch cry equal pay for equal work brought them well justified equality.

However, in the tennis grand slams the women play the best of three sets whereas the men’s matches often go to five. Kvitova won her two set final in less than an hour while Djokovic played five sets and needed over four hours to wear down Roger Federer.

So is the prize money fair?