Venus Williams into another Wimbledon Final

Ruben Hill
July 14, 2017

Magdalena Rybarikova. The World No. 87 kept her breakthrough campaign going with a surprisingly (inexplicably?) easy 6-3, 6-3 win over America's CoCoVandeweghe, the 24th seed.

She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals.

The Spanish 14th seed, will face the victor of the match between CoCo Vandeweghe and Magdalena Rybarikova in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Fittingly it was a backhand thrashed down the line that settled the issue, with Muguruza's best shot bringing her more rich reward.

However, the other two matches between American Venus Williams with Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and British Johanna Konta against Romanian Simona Halep will be played as scheduled on the Center Court, the only one with a roof at the All England Club.

The nation's hopes were resting on Konta after defending champion Andy Murray crashed out of the tournament, losing to American Sam Querrey on Wednesday, and spectators on Centre Court waved Union Jack flags and cheered for the last Briton standing in the singles competition.

Now perhaps Muguruza is ready to claim a second major.

She raced to a 5-0 lead in the blink of an eye, Rybarikova winning only 12 points in the first five games before finally getting on the board.

And Williams became the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994 by taking her opportunity with her third match point with a crunching forehand to break for the second time and end Konta's dream of reaching her first Grand Slam final. She then broke Rybarikova twice to open the second set and take a 4-0 lead.

The onslaught persisted. Serving at 0-40, Rybarikova shook her head in dismay before sending over a ball that Muguruza drove with that big backhand down the line for another thundering victor.

Konta is playing in the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time. The last time she reached the final was in 2009, and her only semifinal loss came previous year.

Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open past year, Muguruza had endured something of a sophomore slump as her ranking dropped out of the top 10.

"I think she's helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament, because it's a long tournament", Muguruza said.

"It was a tricky match because she's a very talented player".

"Today I stepped up on the court super confident and everything went well". I would like to see my name there hopefully.

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