Garbiñe Muguruza thumps Magdalena Rybarikova to reach second Wimbledon final

Garbiñe Muguruza thumps Magdalena Rybarikova to reach second Wimbledon final
Garbiñe Muguruza hits a forehand at Wimbledon in London/Zimbio/Shaun Botterill

2015 finalist and 14th seed Garbiñe Muguruza put up a dominant display of power tennis to crush Slovak cinderella Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 to advance to her second Wimbledon final.

2016 French Open champion and 2015 runner-up Garbiñe Muguruza thrashed unseeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 to advance to her second Wimbledon final here at the All England Club. Having only dropped a set so far at The Championships this year, the Spanish 14th seed was in a clinical mood, utilizing her immense power off both wings to dictate play and win through to the championship match on Saturday in only 64 minutes here at SW19. Muguruza put up a near flawless performance, cracking 22 winners to only 11 unforced errors and winning an impressive 74% of points off her first serve, only facing one break point throughout the entire match.

Muguruza made her intentions clear in the early part of the match, as she broke immediately at 2-0 to get out to a break lead before consolidating that advantage for an early 3-0 lead. The Slovak Cinderella story of the tournament began to get her footing in the match but the 23-year-old continued to roll, securing a double break in the fourth game on her fifth time of asking before taking care of her serve and saving her only break point for a quick 5-0 lead. Rybarikova held on to get her first game on the board only for the Spanish 14th seed to wrap up the opening set 6-1 on her first time of asking.

The second set was almost identical to the first, as the world number 15 broke immediately in the first and third games of the set to go up a double break lead early for 3-0. Following a comfortable hold of serve, world number 87 Rybarikova saved two break points to get only her second game of the match for 4-1, before Muguruza continued rolling with a hold for 5-1, Serving to stay in the match, Rybarikova couldn’t handle the relentless barrage of power from the 2015 runner-up, as Muguruza booked her place in Saturday’s final on her second match point to complete a clinical performance 6-1, 6-1.

Garbiñe Muguruza hits a backhand at Wimbledon in London/Zimbio/David Ramos

Following the match in her post-match interview, the 2016 French Open winner said, “I think I played very well, for sure. It was a tricky match. She is a very talented player, she was playing very good during the tournament and I think today I stepped up onto the court confident and everything went well,” commented Muguruza.

Asked about the experiences the Spaniard possess having been in two prior Grand Slam finals, the 2015 runner-up said, “Once you’re in these situations you know how to handle them better. In my case, I was more prepared than the first time I came.”

Finally discussing who she will face in the final, either five-time champion Venus Williams or British hope Johanna Konta, the 14th seed said, “Being in a Grand Slam final is a great achievement. I definitely want to win no matter who is in front of me. I think it is going to be a great final no matter what,” concluded Muguruza.

In her post-match press conference, the 14th seed described her match saying, “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 games,” commented the 23-year-old.

Garbiñe Muguruza hits a forehand at Wimbledon in London/Zimbio/Shaun Botterill

Asked how her emotions on being in a Wimbledon final have changed from two years ago in London, Muguruza said, “Well, is very different. I mean, you know what are you going to feel. You know what you more or less deal with out there. I feel much more calm, kind of controlling more my emotions than the last time. It was more new for me also. And, yeah, it’s a big change.”

Finally discussing her opponent in the title match on Centre Court, the former finalist said, “Well, facing Venus, you know, she won here like five times, I think. She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals. It’s going to be, you know, like a historic final again.”

“I think Konta is just, you know, she’s super motivated. She’s at home. She’s playing great. That’s also something dangerous,” concluded the big-hitting Spaniard.

Muguruza will face off against either Williams or Konta on Saturday on Centre Court for the Venus Rosewater Dish here at Wimbledon.


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