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Kvitova shrugs off pressure

Petra Kvitova was pleased with the way she handled the pressure of favouritism as she claimed her second title at Wimbledon.

The 24-year-old Czech followed up her 2011 success by defeating Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-0 on Centre Court on Saturday to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish.

"This tournament I played so well, maybe I can say that I played better than 2011,\" she said.

"I played with the pressure, I was always the favourite of the match, and I still did a good job. It was very tough mentally and I'm just glad I had a mental coach here who helped me.

"I know that I can play really good again and that's the important thing for me."

Kvitova began working with sports psychologist Michal Safar in 2010 and she credits him with helping her to maintain intensity.

"He helped me a lot to handle the pressure and to focus in every moment in the match," she said.

"I can't imagine how the guys are doing it playing best of five sets. I really needed to learn that. I was a fighter, I was playing well but small things were missing."

The challenge for Kvitova now will be using Wimbledon as a springboard to more success.

"I know how it feels to play after you are the Wimbledon champion,\" she said..

"I didn't do so well last time so I want to be more prepared for that and to be ready for the next match when it comes, because probably it was something new for me and I really didn't know what I should do. Now I know a little bit and I will try to do better."