Muguruza storms into Wimbledon final
Originally published on 13/07/17 00:00
It was an exceptional display from the former French Open champion as she maintained her perfect record in Grand Slam semi-finals. The 2015 finalist will attempt to emulate her temporary coach, Conchita Martínez, and become the first Spanish woman to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish in 23 years on Saturday.
“I think I played very well,” remarked Muguruza after her quick win. “She [Rybarikova] is a very talented player and was playing very well throughout the tournament. I think I stepped on the court super confident today, and everything went well.
“Once you’ve been in big matches you know how to handle the situation better, and in my case, I was more prepared than the first time I played [a Grand Slam semi-final]. I’m playing well and I want to keep it up and hopefully the last match goes my way.
“Being in a Grand Slam final is a great achievement and I definitely want to win no matter who my opponent is. I think it will be a great final, no matter what.”
Prior to the start of the championships, Rybarikova had never been beyond the third round of a major and she looked nervous from the moment she arrived on Centre Court for the biggest match of her career.
Muguruza had been in sparkling form en route to the final and she hit top gear once again. The 23-year-old was assertive in the baseline exchanges and she was always eager to move into the forecourt at every available opportunity.
The Spaniard won 19 of 25 points at the net and her volleys were exquisite. It was a chastening experience for the Slovakian, who could not deal with the Spaniard’s world class backhand, and she did well to extend the match beyond the hour mark.
Rybarikova’s dream run at the All England Club may have come to an end, but she will assume the No.33 position in the WTA rankings when they are updated on Monday.