Garbine Muguruza thrashes Magdalena Rybarikova to reach Wimbledon final


"I definitely feel that age is not a factor with her", Konta said about Williams.

She made it that far at Wimbledon a year ago, too, before losing, and got to the final at the Australian Open in January, when she was beaten by her younger sister, Serena. Rybarikova, the lowest-ranked Wimbledon semifinalist since 2008, got past 24th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe of the USA 6-3, 6-3 in a match suspended at 2-all in the second set because of showers and moved from Court No. 1 to Centre Court so it could be finished indoors.

Muguruza, who is coached by 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez, is now 3-0 in Grand Slam semifinal matches.

She said she is taking her pregnancy "one day at a time" and "not really getting too far ahead of myself" when it comes to preparing.

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Muguruza won ten of 13 points at the net in the first set and that lay the foundation for her dominance in the second.

The achievements of the 37-year-old Venus and her younger sister Serena are a remarkable part of Wimbledon's history, with the siblings having lifted the famous Rosewater Dish trophy in 12 of the last 17 tournaments, and Konta is full of admiration.

In the first semi-final, former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza takes on Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, who has been a revelation this Wimbledon.

During the opening set, the Spaniard broke serve on two occasions and dropped just eight points behind her own serve as she coasted to the opener in just half-an-hour.

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But the unseeded Slovak entered Thursday's match with an 18-1 record on grass this season, including a run to the semifinals in Nottingham. Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up and 2016 French Open champion, defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4.

"I was a little bit nervous, a little bit exhausted also in my legs", Rybarikova said.

In the second match on Centre Court, Williams was looking to reach her ninth final at the All England Club - and first since 2009. "So I just have to be more relaxed maybe next time, if I would ever be again in semifinal, or to have such matches".

But she kept going, and with her recent successes, a championship this week would return the American to the top five in the rankings for the first time in six years.

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"I'll be ready no matter who is in front of me", Muguruza said.