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Garbine Muguruza beats Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach Wimbledon semis

13 Julio 2017, 09:19 | Cornelio Vivanco

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Muguruza won the only past match at a major, 14-12 in the third set at the Australian Open in 2013.

Muguruza overwhelmed 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 in the earlier semifinal. "It's going to be, like, a historic final again". In the other match, Rybarikova was leading 6-3, 2-2 when rain halted play.

One area that Muguruza certainly has the advantage is in the experience of playing at the highest level.

"(Reaching the final in) 2015 seems far away.

"It means a lot after a year ago losing in (the) second round, to be able to go deep in the tournament still with chances", she said.

Muguruza would be wise to brush up on grass-court wiles ahead of her match with Rybarikova.

She will be seeking her sixth Wimbledon championship and eighth Grand Slam singles trophy overall. "I had to work the point more".

The Spaniard fought back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

There were successive breaks of serve in the next two games.

But action on Court One, where two of the women's last-eight match were on the programme, was delayed.

Muguruza came back to prevail, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, and then celebrated in the sunshine, but she should have been playing and celebrating in a much grander setting on No. 1 Court or Centre Court. Along with Andrea Petkovic, she reached the doubles semis at the 2014 Wimbledon. Pliskova lost in the second round, and Kerber lost in the fourth round.

This should be easy for world number 15 Muguruza. Rybarikova, in contrast, had never been past the third round in her 35 previous appearances at majors.

CoCo Vandeweghe argued with chair umpire Kelly Thomson about whether a point in her Wimbledon quarterfinal loss should have been replayed because a line judge's call was distracting.

How do they match up?

So is Rybarikova just turning up on Centre Court to make up the numbers? She relies on court craft and guile in order to win matches, rather than power.

Kerber took the opening set in 43 minutes thanks to a single break of serve in the ninth game.

The 2015 runner-up has been in exquisite form across the last 10 days and put in her best performance yet as she ended the world No. 87's fairy tale run in devastating fashion.



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