Petra Kvitova is thrilled to have proved she is no one-hit wonder.
The Czech, above, produced a stunning performance in the Wimbledon final on Saturday to defeat Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-0, lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish again three years after first holding it aloft.
In 2011, Kvitova was the underdog but convincingly saw off Maria Sharapova to announce herself as a major new star of the women’s game.
But being thrust into the limelight as a shy 21-year-old proved too much to cope with, and inconsistency and doubt crept into her mind.
With her run at SW19, which included a very tough three-set win over Venus Williams in the third round, Kvitova proved the excitement about her three years ago was not misplaced.
“I’m enjoying it more than my first one,” she said. “That time I didn’t know how to feel and how everything was going to be, and it was a surprise to me.
“This time I’m so satisfied. I think it’s more special for me that I can win it again. It was a lot of work and nobody really believed that I can play my best again and win another grand slam. I’m just glad I’m here again.
“It was up and down in the three years after I won here and definitely there were times when I really didn’t think I can win another grand slam but in the end when I woke up the next morning, I was going to work again and to work very hard as before, to try to do everything I can to be here again and be the Wimbledon champion.”
Canadian Bouchard, 20, is the only singles player to have reached the semi-finals at every slam so far this year, and she said: “I am very motivated to win a grand slam.
“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine. I feel like I’ve taken steps in the right direction to achieve that. This year I’ve been close in every slam, so I’m just going to keep going.”