July 13, 2017 14:07 GMT by nytimes.com

Garbiñe Muguruza Reaches Wimbledon Women’s Final With Ease

Garbiñe Muguruza Reaches Wimbledon Women’s Final With Ease

The 14th-seeded Muguruza ousted the unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-1, 6-1, in 65 minutes. Venus Williams and Johanna Konta played in a later semifinal.

WIMBLEDON, England — Garbiñe Muguruza breezed into her second Wimbledon final, ousting the unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-1, 6-1, in only 65 minutes on Thursday in the first women’s semifinal on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Muguruza will play the winner of the second match between No. 10 Venus Williams, a five-time champion here, and the local favorite, Johanna Konta, who has given her fans reason to hope that a British woman can win Wimbledon for the first time since Virginia Wade in 1977.

“I think I played very well, for sure,” the 14th-seeded Muguruza said in a television interview on the BBC immediately after the match. She added: “I am going to enjoy being in a Grand Slam final. It’s a great achievement.”

Muguruza, the French Open champion last year, also reached the final here in 2015, when she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets. But now she may be playing her best tennis. She has lost only one set in the tournament, and that was during her upset of the No. 1 seed, Angelique Kerber, in the fourth round. She came back after that and dismissed Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets in the quarterfinals.

The match on Thursday was the easiest of all, an utter destruction in public view, including Muguruza’s coach, Conchita Martinez, the 1994 champion here. While Muguruza hit freely and moved with a fluid ease, Rybarikova’s performance was disappointing on its own. She had won 18 of her last 19 matches on grass, but on the biggest stage of her career she was overwhelmed by nerves, frustration and a merciless opponent.

Rybarikova had reasons to feel confident too. She and Muguruza had an even record, 2-2, coming into the match, and Rybarikova had won the most recent meeting, on grass, 6-3, 6-1, at Birmingham in 2015, the year Muguruza eventually reached the final at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

She had also scored one of the big upsets of the tournament when she surprised the No. 3 seed, Karolina Pliskova, in the second round. Her path to the semifinals after that was not too demanding, including a surprisingly easy win over CoCo Vandeweghe in the quarterfinals, as Vandeweghe played much the way Rybarikova did in the semifinals.

Trailing, 0-5, in the first set, Rybarikova finally won a game and heard a loud cheer from the fans, who evidently felt sympathy for her plight.

She could have built on that, especially after Muguruza overhit a swinging forehand volley on the first point of the next game, then hit a forehand long, giving Rybarikova a brief — very brief — glimmer of hope.

Muguruza won the next four points to close out the set, and began the second set in much the same fashion, easily winning the first four games, then continuing until the match was hers. She always pushed forward and never allowed the nervous Rybarikova to feel comfortable.

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