LONDON (Mr) — mine jean King thinks Wimbledon finalists Eugenie Bouchard and Petra Kvitova are creating one of the most exciting times in women's tennis in decades. King ought to know. She helped start the Women's Tennis Association more than 40 years ago.
The 24-year-old Kvitova of the Czech Republic won the 2011 Wimbledon title. She'll face the 20-year-old Bouchard, who will play in her —and Canada's—first Grand Slam final on Saturday.
They're from a generation of fitter and stronger players who have "closed the gap on power and belief" with their older contemporaries, King said at a press conference during Wimbledon. "The men have had their Top Four.' Now we've got a lot of younger women who want to be here. They like the show time."
WHAT A YEAR: Bouchard was the only woman to have advanced to all three Grand Slam semifinals this year, and now she's taken it another step. She finished 2013 ranked 32nd, and she's projected to improve to No. 7 — the highest for a Canadian woman — by reaching the final.
ONLY MEETING: Kvitova and Bouchard have played once. They faced off on hard courts in Toronto, with Kvitova a 6-3, 6-2 winner. NEW GENERATION: It's the first Wimbledon final to feature two players born in the 1990s. Kvitova is the only player born in that decade to win a Grand Slam title.