So young yet these players are already on top of their game and their sport.
At 20 years old, Eugenie Bouchard of Canada is aiming for her first Grand Slam title at the women’s singles competition of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. Standing on her way is another young player in Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova, who already won the major in London three years ago when she just was just 21 years old.
The pair begin their battle for the ladies title on Saturday at 11:00 pm AEST at the All England Club in London, England.
The young Bouchard is also looking to make history; if she wins the 2014 Wimbledon title, she’ll be the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam. She already made history by making the final.
“I get to make Canadian history again. It's always exciting and special when I can make history. My job is not done. I want to go another step further. So I'm going to stay focused and enjoy it after,” a confident Bouchard stated in the post semifinals interview at the tournament’s official website.
Bouchard knows the task is difficult as she is against a one-time Wimby champ and against a player who already has beaten her in the past.
“We played last year in Toronto, I think. She was just coming up. I find her as a very solid and talented player. She really seems that she is confident in her game right now. She's moving very well. She's playing aggressively from nearby the baseline,” said Kvitova, who won over Bouchard, 6-3, 6-2 in the Round of 32 of the 2013 Rogers Cup—the lone meeting between the two rivals.
On the road to the Wimbledon women’s final, Bouchard beat some quality opponents including upsets over Simona Halep (Romania), 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the semifinals and Angelique Kerber (Germany), 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Kvitova's biggest test came in the third round against American Venus Williams when she came back from one set down and won,5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5. Kvitova avoided upsets in the quarterfinals against compatriots Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-1, 7-5 in the QF and Lucie Safarova in the SF.
Will Kvitova prove that here 2011 isn’t a fluke and win another one on Saturday night? Or will Bouchard make Canada proud and deliver her country its first women’s Grand Slam title?