GARBINE
Mu g u r u z a
stormed into her
second Wimbledon
final in three years
with a 6-1, 6-1
demolition of nerveridden
Magdalena
Rybarikova in just 64
minutes on Centre
Court on Thursday.
M u g u r u z a ,
seeded 14th, took
advantage of a woeful
performance from the
Slovak world number 87
to secure her third Grand
Slam final appearance.
The 23-year-old, beaten
by Serena Williams in the 2015
Wimbledon final, will take on
Britain’s Johanna Konta or fivetime
champion Venus Williams
in Saturday’s title match.
“I played very well for sure.
Today I stepped on court super
confident and everything went
well,” Muguruza said.
“Once you are in these
situations before you know how
to handle them better. Definitely
that helped me.
“I’m playing well. I want to
keep it up for my last match and
hopefully it goes well.
“I’m going to enjoy it. Being
in a Grand Slam final is a great
achievement.”
Since winning her maiden
Grand Slam title at the French
Open last year, Muguruza
had endured something of a
sophomore slump as her ranking
dropped out of the top 10.
But she has rediscovered her
mojo on grass, dropping the
fewest games of any player in
this year’s tournament after
burying Rybarikova with 22
winners compared to eight from
the Slovak.
Muguruza is guaranteed to
regain her top 10 ranking next
week and would climb into the
top five if she wins Wimbledon.
She is the first Spanish
woman to reach more than one
Wimbledon final since Arantxa
Sanchez Vicario in the 1990s.
Rybarikova, the lowest ranked
Wimbledon semi-finalist for
nine years, was making her first
Grand Slam last four appearance
at the 36th attempt.

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