Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza beats Svetlana Kuznetsova, enters semi-finals
Garbine Muguruza powered past seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 to enter the Wimbledon semi-finals.tennis Updated: Jul 11, 2017 23:38 IST
Garbine Muguruza powered into her second Wimbledon semi-final in the last three years with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 win over Russian seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova on Tuesday.
Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open last year, Muguruza has struggled to return to the top and this is her first major semi-final since that Roland Garros triumph.
Garbine Muguruza will face Coco Vandeweghe or Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday for a place in Saturday’s final.
“I played good. I’m trying not to think a lot, just go for it and play my game. I’m happy it worked out,” Muguruza said.
“It seems far away since I last made the final here. I’m a completely different player.
“It means a lot to make the semi-finals again, my breakthrough was here.”
Beaten in the 2015 Wimbledon final by Serena Williams, Garbine Muguruza has a golden opportunity to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish for the first time while the 23-time major winner is sidelined preparing for the birth of her first child.
The 23-year-old, coached by compatriot and former Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez, broke Kuznetsova in the fourth game of the first set, an advantage she never looked like relinquishing.
Kuznetsova, a former French and US Open champion, was in her first Wimbledon quarter-final for 10 years, but the 32-year-old had no answer to Muguruza’s searing ground-strokes.
Claiming another break in the fifth game of the second set, Muguruza pressed home her advantage to wrap up the win in 75 minutes on Court One.
Later on Tuesday, Venus Williams will become the oldest Wimbledon semi-finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994 if the 37-year-old defeats French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.
A Williams win would also equal her sister Serena’s total of 86 main draw match victories at Wimbledon, the most among any active player.
It is eight years since Venus last reached the Wimbledon final and the American star won the last of her five All England Club titles back in 2008.
First Published: Jul 11, 2017 19:57 IST