Wimbledon 2014: Eugenie Bouchard vs Petra Kvitova match preview

A look ahead to the ladies singles' final

With an aggressive return game, and limitless power in her groundstrokes, Eugenie Bouchard has reached the women’s singles final in style. At 20 she has not only become the only ever Canadian female to make it to the final of a major tournament, but she has also done so without dropping a set. An amazing feat for any tournament, let alone at the prestigious Wimbledon championships.

Kvitova does however have the advantage against Bouchard, with a victory over Bouchard in her homeland (Canada) in 2013.A loss that could play on Bouchard’s mind. Kvitova also has the edge over Bouchard when it comes to grand slams, as the Czech won Wimbledon in 2011, and is longing for another grand slam to add to her collection, while Bouchard is playing in her first ever final.  

En route to the final, Bouchard has had to deal with world no. 3 Simona Halep, world no.7 Angelique Kerber. Nerves will be a pivotal factor for the young Canadian, as this is only her first grand slam final, and her sixth appearance at a grand slam all together. Having squandered five match points against Halep before claiming it with the sixth, the nerves are there in Bouchard, and must be conquered if she is to defeat Kvitova.

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic celebrates after winning her Ladies' Singles semi-final match against Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic on day ten of Wimbledon Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic celebrates after winning her Ladies' Singles semi-final match against Lucie Safarova  

Having not played anyone out of the top ten so far, Kvitova has had a rather relaxed passage to the final, an asset that could work against her when she faces the fearless Canadian. With the most aces in the tournament (38) Bouchard’s aggressive returning style will truly be tested.

With both players relying on power and aggression, it will be an all out battle for the ladies Wimbledon crown. This is the first time two players born in the 1990s meet in a final. Make space for the youngsters, the new era of tennis is here.

START: Saturday, Centre Court, 2pm

PAST MEETINGS:

2013 – Toronto (Hard) Kvitova won 6-3, 6-2

STATS…

Kvitova’s highest ranking was world number 2, Bouchard’s highest was number 12.

Kvitova’s prize money equals $12,553,901 while for Bouchard that sum is approximately 7.5 times smaller ($1,738,730)

Kvitova has won one grand slam (Wimbledon); Bouchard has won none.

Bouchard has won 24 break points in the tournament so far; Kvitova has won 22

ODDS…

Bouchard to win 2.26

Kvitova to win 1.78

TV:  BBC

Voices
There will be a chance to bid for a rare example of the SAS Diary, collated by a former member of the regiment in the aftermath of World War II but only published – in a limited run of just 5,000 – in 2011
charity appealTime is running out to secure your favourite lot as our auction closes at 2pm today
News
File: James Woods attends the 52nd New York Film Festival at Walter Reade Theater on September 27, 2014
peopleActor was tweeting in wake of NYPD police shooting
Sport
Martin Skrtel heads in the dramatic equaliser
SPORTLiverpool vs Arsenal match report: Bandaged Martin Skrtel heads home in the 97th-minute
News
Billie Whitelaw was best known for her close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, here performing in a Beckett Trilogy at The Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
people'Omen' star was best known for stage work with Samuel Beckett
PROMOTED VIDEO
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'