And then there were two... Eugenie Bouchard and Petra Kvitova. What a final this promises to be, it is anyones for the taking. I for one am certainly looking forward to this match.
Eugenie Bouchard's rise to the top has been incredibly rapid, many tipped her to be a potential Grand Slam champion but at the start of the year not many would have predicted the Canadian to reach the semi-finals in Melbourne and Paris before reaching the Final in london. Genie will come into this match full of confidence having not dropped a set all tournament and in the process rising to number 7 in the world (the highest ranking ever achieved by a Canadian woman, she is also the first Canadian woman to reach a Grand Slam final). Bouchard has been tested in all of her matches in at least one set but the Candian's mental toughness and determination has seen her come out on top on each occasion. Bouchard is quickly turning into one of the best performers under pressure on the tour, her ability to close out matches is as good as anyone.
2011 Champion Petra Kvitova has been in stunning form all fortnight and will come into this match as the slight favourite. Kvitova has dropped just one set, which was in the third round against Venus Williams. In this match Petra came to within two points of defeat on several occasions but held on for confidence boosting win. Petra has served amazingly well all tournament, this was certainly the case in her semi-final victory over compatriot Lucie Safarova. Petra's superior serve was probably the biggest difference in the match. Petra's body language has been really strong and positive all tournament, she has looked so determined and so confident all week.
Petra defeated Genie in their only previous meeting which took place in Toronto last year. It was a comprehensive 6-3 6-2 victory for Petra who outplayed Genie for much of the match. Interestingly Petra effectively used the drop shot on numerous occasions in this match. Genie has improve significantly since this match and comes into this match with the belief that she can defeat anyone on any day.
This is a really tough match to predict but I feel Kvitova has the slight edge. Petra has done this all before whilst this is a totally new experience for the Canadian. I feel that Genie will have a lot more chances in her career whilst for Petra who knows. Petra has served so well all tournament and has kept her unforced error numbers impressively low whilst overpowering her opponents. I suspect Petra will be left standing with the Venus Rosewater Dish for the second time in her career.
Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Eugenie Bouchard 7-5 6-3