Ruthless Muguruza Rampages Into Wimbledon Final


Johanna Konta labelled Venus Williams as a "true champion" after her Wimbledon dream came to an end in the semi-finals on Thursday.

In 2015, Mugurzua lost out to Serena Williams in her first ever Grand Slam final but she has given herself an opportunity to make amends at SW19 after an highly-impressive 6-1 6-1 triumph over unseeded Rybarikova.

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.

"I would sum up my whole Wimbledon experience as memorable", said Konta.

She opened with victory in Surbiton, defeating Heather Watson in the final, before being knocked out in the semi-final at Nottingham by the Wimbledon sixth seed Johanna Konta.

Konta initially kept pace with her American opponent but Williams drew on all her experience to break in the tenth game and undo all the Brit's good work until that point.

"It was a tricky match, she is a very talented player".

"Quite honestly, I think I was in just as much of a shot of winning this tournament here".

She will also ask for some tips from her youngster sister Serena, who is taking time off for her pregnancy and beat Muguruza in the final here in 2015.

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"I couldn't have asked for more but I'll ask for more", she said.

"I think I played very well, for sure", said the Spaniard.

The 87-ranked Rybarikova can still take a huge amount of pride from such an unexpected run on the grass in south west London, having been as low as 453rd in the world in March following a seven-month absence due to wrist and knee injuries.

The pair had split their four previous matches but in her first Grand Slam semi-final, the 28-year-old Rybarikova was left banging her strings and kicking the grass in frustration as she was pushed back beyond the baseline constantly by an unrelenting Muguruza. As the French Open champion Ostapenko, she knows how to thrive off pressure and play risky tennis in big moments.

One name on the board who has been an inspiration is Conchita Martinez, Spain's Fed Cup and Davis Cup captain who is with Muguruza at Wimbledon in the absence of her regular coach, Sam Sumyk.

Reduced to tears by questions about that accident after the first round and at an age when all of her contemporaries have long since retired, Venus is still going strong and Konta was the latest to fall victim to her ferocious will to win.

Williams has won 12 consecutive service games entering Saturday's final, which will be her ninth at Wimbledon in singles and first since 2009. Halep's path to her first Grand Slam was wide open at the French Open-with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova out and Kerber on shaky ground, she was the pre-tournament favorite to win. Konta played so well, no point was easy. Neither player has won a Grand Slam.

"Serena's always in my corner and usually it's her in these finals and I'm trying my best to represent Williams as best I can", Venus told the BBC after her 6-4 6-2 win. She then broke twice to open the second set and take a 4-0 lead.