No Wimbledon coronation for Eugenie Bouchard

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm •  Published: July 5, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard sat in a room just off Centre Court watching the engraver etch the champion's name onto the Wimbledon trophy.

It seemed like a cruel punishment: It was Petra Kvitova's name, not hers, that was being put on the Venus Rosewater Dish that goes to the women's winner.

Bouchard, the 20-year-old Canadian playing in her first Grand Slam final, was trounced 6-3, 6-0 in 55 minutes by the hard-hitting Czech lefthander on Saturday, a humbling lesson for a player considered the next big star of the women's game.

After the most lopsided women's final in 22 years, Bouchard was left to wait for the trophy ceremony in a side room while the Centre Court roof was being closed because of rain.

" Yeah, it was a little odd," she said. "I sat down. I put my jacket on. Just reflected. I was in the engraver's room, so I was watching them work, wishing one day, dreaming that he'll write my name somewhere."

Not on this day.

Bouchard, the Wimbledon junior champion in 2012, came into the final with the best record in majors this year — 16-2 — and was the only player to reach at least the semifinals of the first three Grand Slams.

But she couldn't compete with 2011 champion Kvitova, who played one of the best matches of her career, putting on a dominant exhibition of power tennis to capture her second Wimbledon title. Bouchard, a power hitter herself, was on the defensive throughout and the match ended, fittingly, with her watching helplessly as another Kvitova winner — her 28th — flew past her.

"She didn't give me much of a chance," Bouchard said. "Sometimes when a player is on fire like that, there's not much you can do."