Playing in her first Grand Slam final, the 20-year-old Canadian was thrashed 6-3 6-0 on Saturday as Kvitova clinched the title for a second time.
"First of all I want to congratulate Petra - she played fantastic for these two weeks," Bouchard is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
"It was really tough for me today but I am proud of how I have played for these two weeks. I love coming back to Wimbledon so thank you guys.
"I feel like it's a step in the right direction. I'm not sure I deserve all your love today but I certainly appreciate it."
Bouchard has reached at least the semi-finals of all three Grand Slams so far this year.