Garbine Muguruza does not believe she could match the achievement of Wimbledon opponent Venus Williams in reaching a grand slam final at the age of 37.
Two years after she played Serena Williams in a creditable 6-4, 6-4 final loss here, she will get another chance, against either Venus Williams or Johanna Konta, after Muguruza's 6-1, 6-1 wipeout of Magdalena Rybarikova, the Slovakian whose comeback from injuries that forced her down to No. 87 had been one of the sweeter subplots here.
- Although the story of Venus and Serena being taught to play tennis by their father Richard on bullet-scarred courts in the tough Compton district of Los Angeles is well known, the family actually moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, when Venus was 10, so the sisters could attend the tennis academy of Rick Macci.
Last year the 23-year-old Spaniard turned the tables on Serena to win her maiden slam title at the French Open and was immediately hailed as the new leader of the women's game. However, for a tournament that has been themed by upsets, that trend largely continued in the quarters. "It was a tricky match". That is one thing I do know. She reached the Wimbledon semifinals last year, and the Australian Open final this year. Conversely, Rybarikova mustered just eight winners and lost serve on five occasions.
"I think it's very impressive".
Williams will lose 7,500 US dollars (£5,800) of her prize money as a result, the International Tennis Federation said.
To play at Wimbledon, even your underwear has to be white. It's not something that is stagnant.
"I definitely want to be the one who takes the big one", Muguruza said.
Martinez remains the only Spanish woman to win Wimbledon. That's what I'm doing. So it's really open.
But the seven-time Grand Slam champion had become a peripheral figure after being diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an illness that causes fatigue and joint pain, in 2011. Federer will be playing in his 29th Grand Slam final, tying him with Serena Williams for the fourth-most all-time among the men and women.
Williams has attended every press conference during the championships. "I like to think it's working for me".
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