WIMBLEDON, England - It was less a match than a mismatch, 55 minutes of tennis so one-sided that the winner was moved to tears by her domination and the loser felt compelled to offer a partial apology.
Petra Kvitova won her second Wimbledon women's singles title Saturday, crushing 20-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, 6-3, 6-0, before a Centre Court crowd that had hoped for better.
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As had Bouchard.
"I don't know if I deserve all your love today. But I really appreciate it," said Bouchard, holding her poise if not her serve in the fastest women's final since Martina Navratilova beat Andrea Jaeger, 6-0, 6-3, in 54 minutes in 1983.
Kvitova, the 24-year-old Czech, was too powerful and too quick for Bouchard.
"No matter what Bouchard tries," a candid John McEnroe told the BBC TV audience, "it doesn't seem to matter at all. This is one of the most awesome displays of shotmaking I've ever seen. When Kvitova is on her game, the other girl can't do anything."
Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011, beating Venus Williams in the final, then couldn't live with fame and expectations.
During her post-match speech, she began to cry, sobbing, "I can't say it's more special, but after three years to stand here with the trophy again is amazing."
She now has a 26-5 record at Wimbledon. "I know," she agreed, "this is the best tournament for me."
By a mile.
She lost in the first round of the Australian Open this year and the third round of the French Open on clay. But on Wimbledon's grass, her big serves and flat forehands are remarkably effective.
"She played fantastic," Bouchard said. "It was really tough for me today. But I think I made a step in the right direction."
It was the first Grand Slam final for Bouchard, of Montreal, who because she was named for British royalty -- Princess Eugenie -- was the favorite of the crowd of about 15,000.
"I'm not going to win every single time," said a humbled Bouchard, who after reaching the semis at Australia and the French had become a bit too confident in her progress.
"I'm going to learn a lot from this match," she said. "Even on court, I felt some special support from the crowd. You know, it's humbling."
As were the shots of Kvitova.
"She has the weapons," Bouchard said. "She's been in the final before. Things didn't go my way, but I enjoyed being on the court today. It was pretty disappointing. I always expect to do well."
When Kvitova was asked if it was the best match of her life, she said, "Yeah, it seems like it, right? I knew I could play well on grass. I knew I have to go forward for every shot, what I'm playing to push her."
Kvitova injured a leg at Eastbourne in one of the grass-court warmups to Wimbledon and withdrew from that event, but she said she never thought about pulling out of Wimbledon. "My leg is quite OK," she said.
So is her game.