For most people the feeling of contesting a Grand Slam final would bring with it nerves unlike they had ever before experienced.
Not so for Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova, who likened the sensation in her stomach during the 2014 Wimbledon women’s singles final to the feeling she gets when she plays for her country.
“Definitely I was in the zone,” said the affable 24-year-old after winning her second Grand Slam singles title at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. “But I was still thinking ‘this is the final’.
“It’s a little bit like the Fed Cup when I’m playing in the Czech [Republic] and I feel the crowd and my stomach gets a little bit funny and it just goes bounce.”
The Centre Court crowd could be forgiven for missing the fact that Kvitova was feeling anything other than sublime during her dominant display against Eugenie Bouchard in Saturday’s Wimbledon final.
The Czech hit winner after winner to claim the title 63 60 in just 55 minutes. The last time anyone won the Wimbledon final quicker than Kvitova was in 1983, when Martina Navratilova overcame Andrea Jaeger in 54 minutes, winning 60 63.
Bouchard may well get her chance to avenge the defeat when Canada takes on Czech Republic in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round on 7-8 February next year.
More information about that tie will appear here in due course.