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Kvitova Dominates Sharapova to Win Wimbledon

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#8 seed Petra Kvitova was dominant on tennis’ biggest stage.

The 21-year old from the Czech Republic showed none of the nerves that sometimes comes when playing in a first-ever Grand Slam Final, as she dominated the match with #5 Maria Sharapova, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Kvitova was broken in the first game of the match, but broke right back, and got up a break when Sharapova double-faulted twice.  Sharapova, who had 32 double-faults in the fortnight, had six in the match on Saturday.

Kvitova’s power serve and strong ground game was too much for Sharapova, who won Wimbledon seven years ago, when she was 17.

With fellow countrymen Martina Navritilova and Jana Novotna watching, Kvitova closed out the match at love, using her only ace of the match to end it.  Kvitova is only the third left-handed women’s player to ever win Wimbledon, joining Navratilova and Ann Jones as the only women to accomplish that feat.  Kvitova was the first left-handed woman to appear in a Wimbledon final since Navratilova in 1994 and the first to win since 1990.

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