Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Garbine Muguruza beats Rybarikova to reach Wimbledon final

Garbine Muguruza beats Rybarikova to reach Wimbledon final

Rather it turned out to be a sign of things to come, with Wimbledon providing more success.

"Was very hard for me". She confessed to fear a negative answer, but Jamie said yes and now they're the main contenders for the title. I thought she handled it well.

In this series of Wimbledon both the players won five matches in four rounds and Quarter Finals.

"Serena did play her in a final", she said. I miss Serena terribly, I wish she was here. "I can't ask for more, but I want a little more". I did think of that. "I will only ever try to do that in a positive way". I don't know that I play exactly the same way she does. "But I really tried to be inspired by it". The Czech world number 3 was in the hunt to become the new world number 1, a hunt Pliskova has strangely won despite exiting in the second round.

Muguruza and Venus Williams have faced off four times on the WTA tour, with Williams holding a 3-1 edge. Then, at the Australian Open this January, Williams appeared in the final, where she lost to her sister.

Garbiñe Muguruza defeated Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 to advance to her second Wimbledon final.

She is temporarily working with a Wimbledon champion and Spain's Fed Cup captain, Conchita Martinez.

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With Serena absent as she awaits the birth of her first child, Venus will bid to deliver the family's 13th Wimbledon crown. "She deserved to win completely this match".

Konta saved two match points before Williams finally ended her resistance, smashing a forehand that flew past the Briton and left the American to twirl in celebration on Centre Court. Williams, meanwhile, was determined to keep the points short, robbing her opponent of rally time.

"I'm sure to a certain extent, definitely", Konta said.

Indeed, the slick surface lends itself to Williams' power-based game, making her terrific serve that much tougher to handle and giving her groundstrokes extra sting.

If past success were all that mattered when Venus Williams faces Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon semifinals, the matchup would be quite a mismatch. A pivotal two games, however, decided the set and probably the entire outcome. Even when she was able to hold in the second, she needed to stave off two break-points to do so. "I think it was all credit to her". Britain's sixth seed Johanna Konta zipped past second seed Simona Halep to confirm her semis berth.

Konta, who plays for England, was barely given a glimpse at a handful of chances by the veteran American, who shattered British hearts with an electrifying 6-4 6-2 grasscourt display.

But it was Williams who left as the victor on the day. "So I have an opportunity to bank on experience in having dealt with those sort of pressures before". Serena Williams is not playing here this year as she awaits the birth of her first child.

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