Venus, Muguruza Set Up Wimbledon Final Clash

Venus, Muguruza Set Up Wimbledon Final Clash

Three games later, she wrapped the match up to move back into the Wimbledon final.

Garbine Muguruza was at her ruthless best as she dumped Magdalena Rybarikova out of Wimbledon in rapid fashion with a 6-1 6-1 thrashing to book herself a place in the final at Wimbledon for a second time.

Lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish would make Williams the oldest All England Club champion in the Open era, breaking her sister Serena's record.

Five-time champion Venus Williams has roared into her ninth Wimbledon final after an impressive victory over Sydney-born Brit Johanna Konta.

The 87-ranked Rybarikova can still take a huge amount of pride from such an unexpected run on the grass in south west London, having been as low as 453rd in the world in March following a seven-month absence due to wrist and knee injuries.

Playing her 10th Wimbledon, Rybarikova reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at her 36th Grand Slam main draw appearance. Jo gave it her all.

The match, which was over in a little over an hour, produced very little drama, but provided a hint that Muguruza would be a hard customer to handle in the final if she remains in the same form.

Rybarikova said: "Last year it was very hard for me".

She nearly did, at a crucial stage at 4-4 in the first set when Williams had to dig out of a 15-40 inconvenience. "I'm going to enjoy it".

"I have to say Garbine played an unbelievable match - I mean, I've never seen her play that well".

Williams wouldn't face another break point and, later, produced another impressive second serve - in the second set, at 103 miles per hour (166 kph), it went right at Konta, who jumped out of the way.

Deliberately taking her time between points and games, Venus was doing her best to throw Konta out of her rhythm.

"I missed her so much before this match".

Though she is five years younger than her opponent the Spaniard is playing in her third Grand Slam semi-final, and she is yet to lose.

"She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals", Muguruza, ranked 15th, said of Williams.

"I did think of that". This time, she wants to go one better.

Rybarikova won just 10 points on serve in the entire set as Muguruza attacked off the return and was confident enough to dominate from the net.

Play on Centre Court at Wimbledon in the women's semifinals has started. One year ago, after losing to Eugenie Bouchard at the first round at Wimbledon, the Slovak had no idea that it was the last game of the year.

The two met in the French Open and Rybarikova won her patient play.

But on Thursday, Konta was put under relentless pressure by Williams as the British player made 35 forced errors, with Venus also powering home 19 winners and hitting only nine unforced errors.



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