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By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon

  • Garbiñe Muguruza [15] def Magdalena Rybariova 6-1 6-1
LONDON, UK – Garbiñe Muguruza powered into her second Wimbledon final and her third Slam final in three years after blasting past Magdalena Rybarikova.




Garbiñe Muguruza [15] def Magdalena Rybariova 6-1 6-1

Although they say all it takes is seven matches in two weeks- the signs of wear and tear on 2015 finalist Garbiñe Muguruza was clear to see with the re-appearance of the heavy strapping on her left thigh. She was all business as she walked out, while Magdalena Rybarikova walked out with a beaming smile on her face.

Certainly at the start it didn’t look like Rybarikova was just happy to be there – moving Muguruza around to test out the strength of that strapped thigh, but nerves were not far behind, an untimely double-fault having Muguruza the first break of the set at the start.

The power was racking up behind Muguruza’s shots as she piled on the pressure breaking again as Rybarikova was drawn into error after error as she tried to over-press, while Muguruza looked in total control – jumping out to a 5-0 lead

As Rybarikova finally settled her jangling nerves the crowd started to come alive – wanting to see at least some competition out there and she got a game on the board, although it was a temporary moment of joy as Muguruza steamed towards a spot in her third Slam final.

The second set was no better for the Slovakian as she lost her first two service games and although she was able to at least fend off a couple of break points to once more avoid the ‘bagel’ set, Muguruza clinched her spot in Saturday’s final on her second match point.


‘I wasn’t expecting anything’

Although it had turned out to be an almost brutal contest of effortless power, Muguruza had taken nothing for granted.

She said: “I wasn’t expecting anything because I didn’t know — you never know how it’s going to go, the match. I saw her play before. I saw she was playing very good, very talented.

“Just went out there, you know, and didn’t expect anything. Just expected myself to be ready as much as I could. Maybe the score did look maybe more easier than actually playing during the game.”

The Fairy-Tale Ends

For Rybarikova – it was the end to a fairy-tale on the SW19 lawns. After all she had bombed out in the main draw opening round here seven straight times between 2008-2014 finally breaking that duck with a run to the third round in 2015 before losing once more in the opener last year.

More than that, her injury list could have ended the career of many an athlete, missing the second half of 2016 due to wrist and knee surgery. Whereas when she came out to play Coco Vandeweghe, she acknowledged she was happy to be there, but stuck to her game plan, but this match was a different kettle of fish.

She said: “I have to say Garbine was playing amazing match. I mean, I never saw her playing that well. Even I played against her, she never played that good.

“Was very difficult for me. Obviously, I was little bit nervous in the beginning. But then she stood up, and she was playing very fast. She adapt so long. I could not do almost anything today.

“Obviously was not my best day. But she didn’t give me much chance to do something. So, I mean, I have to congratulate her. I’m wishing her all the best in the finals.”

To bow out of a Slam semi-final under such dominance was and she admitted to feeling very disappointed, but context is everything.

She explained: “If somebody tell me before the tournament I’m going to be in semi-final, I for sure take it. You tell me I’m going to lose 6-1, 6-1…

“Just next time for sure I would like to play better, also for the crowd obviously. So yeah, I mean, that’s it. If somebody would tell me before, I would take it. It’s for sure good tournament for me.”

Muguruza will face Venus Williams in the final, on Saturday.

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