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Ruthless Muguruza Rampages Into Wimbledon Final

Ruthless Muguruza Rampages Into Wimbledon Final

Standing her way next is 2016 French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, who stormed into her second Wimbledon final in three years with a 6-1 6-1 demolition of nerve-ridden Magdalena Rybarikova.

The most intriguing match is between five-time Wimbledon champion and tennis icon Venus Williams and 20-year-old relative newcomer Jelena Ostapenko, who rocketed from world No. 47 to No. 12 after winning the French Open in June.

Already a finalist in 2015, Muguruza will face in the final the victor of the other semi-final between the American Venus Williams (11th), and the British Johanna Konta (7th).

Garbine Muguruza of Spain during her Wimbledon semi-final with Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.

It will be the second time Muguruza has faced a Williams in the SW19 showdown and she will hope it goes better than last time when she lost 6-4 6-4 to Serena in 2015.

The first major semifinal of her career on Centre Court was not the time of place for a rattled Rybarikova, who threw just about everything she could at Muguruza-drop shots, lobs, slices and angles-but was absolutely powerless to slow her opponent whipping winners like all the right answers on an exam.

"I've played in a lot of finals here", Williams said in her televised interview after the match.

The world No. 15 Spaniard is guaranteed to regain her top 10 ranking next week and would climb into the top five if she wins the title. She's been resilient in winning two marathon three-set matches against Donna Vekic and Simona Halep.

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Coached by her father Desmond, she lists clay as her favorite surface and has turned professional.

"She's helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament", she said. At No. 87, she was the fourth lowest-ranked player in history to reach the Wimbledon semifinals. She won't be favored over Williams, but could definitely upset her in the finals.

The 2016 French Open victor, seeded 14th, took a 3-0 lead in just ten minutes thanks to an aggressive approach. Even when she was able to hold in the second, she needed to stave off two break-points to do so. It was another break of serve that did it, her fifth, Mugurza utterly dominant as she had been from the very start.

Konta was playing in the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time.

"I don't think I did too much wrong out there", Konta said.

At 37 years old, Venus Williams is the oldest Grand Slam finalist since Martina Navratilova reached the Wimbledon final in 1994.

"She just knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do".

Victory against Serena at Roland Garros previous year suggested she was a player heading for the top, although expectations have been tempered by a mixed bag of results since, notably with pre-Wimbledon defeats to Ashleigh Barty in Birmingham and Barbora Strycova in Eastbourne.