Muguruza hammers Rybarikova to reach final

Thiem stuns Federer in straight sets in the ATP Finals group stage

Spain's Garbine Muguruza reached the Wimbledon final with a convincing straight sets victory over Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova on Centre Court on Thursday.

The 14th-seeded Muguruza looked in complete control throughout, defeating Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 in a match lasting just 67 minutes.

From the word go, Muguruza dominated the points by hitting the ball hard and deep and attacked throughout. What didn't help was that Rybarikova was not hitting her shots deep which allowed her opponent to dictate.

In the opening set, which lasted just 32 minutes, the 23-year-old Muguruza put the pressure on immediately by claiming her opponents serve in the opening game and then again in the fourth game to lead 3-0.

Thereafter things went with serve for the Spaniard to claim the set 6-1.

The second set was pretty much a repeat of the first with Muguruza breaking the 28-year-old Slovak's serve in the opening game and then twice more in the third and seventh games to win the set and match 6-1.

In an interview courtside after her victory, Muguruza said, “I think today I stepped up on the court super confident and everything went well.

“Once you’re in these situations, you know how to handle these situations better and that was my case today.

“I’m playing well and I want to keep it up for the one last match,” Mugurza sad. “Being in a Grand Slam final is a great achievement and I definitely want to win no matter who is in front of me.”

Muguruza awaits the winner of the match between veteran Venus Williams and British hopeful Johanna Konta.

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