2017 Wimbledon: Garbine Muguruza breezes into final

By The Sports Xchange  |  July 13, 2017 at 3:04 PM
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Garbine Muguruza is headed back to the final at Wimbledon, and in convincing fashion.

The 14th-seeded Spaniard advanced to the championship match at the All England Club in London for the second time in three years with a resounding 6-1, 6-1 victory over Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday.

Muguruza awaits the winner of the second semifinal between five-time Wimbledon singles champion Venus Williams and Great Britain's Johanna Konta, who advanced to the Wimbledon semis for the first time.

The 37-year-old Williams, who is seeded 10th, is bidding to reach her ninth singles final at Wimbledon -- and first since 2009.

Muguruza got out the blocks in a hurry, winning the first five games of the initial set to put the 87th-ranked Slovak on her heels. The 23-year-old Muguruza broke twice to open the second set, claiming the first four games before dismissing Rybarikova in a mere 64 minutes.

"I think I played very well, for sure," Muguruza said in her televised interview after the match. "It was a tricky match. (Rybarikova) was playing very good during the tournament, and I think today I stepped out on the court super-confident and everything went well."

Muguruza recorded 22 winners against just 11 unforced errors in the quick match. Conversely, Rybarikova mustered just eight winners and lost serve on five occasions.

Rybarikova was playing in the semifinals at a major tournament for the first time in her career.

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