Kvitova crushes Sharapova, wins Wimbledon

London. Maria Sharapova’s dreams of winning the Wimbledon title after seven years were gunned down in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, by Petra Kvitova.

The 21-year-old became only the third Czech woman to triumph at Wimbledon after nine-time champion Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna(1998. The eighth seed is only the third left hander ever to win the Wimbledon Women’s singles title.

"I'm so happy," the tearful champion said in an interview before blowing a kiss to Novotna and Navratilova watching from the Royal Box.

"I was nervous but I had to focus on every point."

Sharapova was everybody’s favourite to win the title, she lived up to the expectation when she broke Kvitova’s serve straight away in the first game, but the Czech beauty struck back straight away leveling 1-1. After that it was chasing game for the 24-year-Russian as she had no answer to the power and variation of Kvitova. She also paid the price for a misfiring serve, including six double faults.

"It's great to be back at this stage and holding the runner-up plate -- but I wanted the big one today," said Sharapova. "But it's something I want to be back for and holding again one day."

The Russian beauty came here without dropping a set in the tournament, but she looked completely out of sorts here. This match was similar to Sharapova's 2004 Wimbledon win, where she defeated heavily favoured Serena Williams in the final.

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