Eugenie Bouchard and Petra Kvitova to contest Wimbledon final

Eugenie Bouchard v Petra Kvitova Wimbledon womens final

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Eugenie Bouchard will take on the 2011 champion Petra Kvitova in Saturday’s Wimbledon women’s final.

Bouchard, the 13th seed from Montreal, is Canada’s first-ever Grand Slam singles finalist after beating Romanian third seed Simona Halep 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 on Centre Court on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier, Kvitova had beaten fellow Czech Lucie Safarova 7-5 (8-6) 6-1 in their semi-final, with the big guns like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova having failed to reach the latter stages at SW19.

Bouchard has now vowed to “go for it” when she takes on Kvitova on Centre Court at the weekend.

The 20-year-old told the BBC: “I am really excited. I have a day off tomorrow. It is my first Grand Slam final and I will just go for it.

“I would never say I was surprised because I have put in a lot of hard work in and it has been a long time in the making. I am always wanting to better myself and I am focused.”

Speaking about opponent Kvitova, who beat Sharapova in straight sets in the final three years ago, Bouchard added: “I expect a tough challenge. She will go in prepared and so will I. My coach will be looking at her game and giving me tips but I will just play my game and I think I can play even better.

“I am glad I got to stay at Wimbledon for two full weeks and I will not leave anything on the court and see what happens.”

Kvitova is 1.80 to win the first set on Saturday afternoon.

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