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Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova: Wimbledon 2017 semi-final preview and prediction

14 July 2017

2015 runner-up Muguruza earlier swept past unseeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in 65 minutes in one of the most one-sided semi-finals in Wimbledon history.

Lightning struck twice for Williams, as she again met Pironkova at the quarter-final stage and again lost 6-2 6-3. "It won't be a given, but I'm going to give it my all", Venus said. It's been a blessing.

"I couldn't have asked for more, but I'll ask for a little more".

" We both play really well on grass". "I could do nearly nothing today". "I think my experience helped a lot", Williams said. "I just tried to climb on top each time, to get another point, and wow, it was over".

Spain's Garbine Muguruza returns to Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova during their Women's Quarterfinal Singles Match on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

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With that, Williams found another fresh crest of her protracted career, as well as her ninth Wimbledon final, her first in eight years and, remarkably, second Grand Slam final of this season.

"I miss Serena terribly". It was a tough day for the Williams family, as Serena bowed out to Marion Bartoli too. "Before the match I wished she could do it for me, but I said "no you have to do it for yourself", Venus said. Now a more experienced Muguruza has another chance at the top prize, playing against older Williams sister, Venus.

Konta was hoping to become the first British woman to reach the final at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade won it in 1977.

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

She saved two match points before Williams finally ended her resistance with a devilish forehand that flew past the Briton and left the American to twirl in celebration on Centre Court. The two had a fierce seven-shot exchange on the final point of that, until Konta's last gasp went into the corner, where it nearly hit both lines there but landed just beyond the baseline.

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Konta then felt the pressure serving at 4-5 in the opener, falling behind quickly 0-40, and couldn't save the game.

As Konta's despairing forehand trickled into the net, the crowd's resigned sigh was music to Williams' ears.

"I don't know that I play exactly the same way she does".

Saturday, Williams will attempt to become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam tournament since professionals were first allowed to play them in 1968, breaking the mark set by her younger sister Serena at the Australian Open in January.

It will be the Spaniard's second appearance in the final following her loss to Serena Williams two years ago.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova: Wimbledon 2017 semi-final preview and prediction