July 13, 2017 13:44 GMT by theguardian.com

Garbiñe Muguruza reaches Wimbledon final with smooth win over Rybarikova

Garbiñe Muguruza reaches Wimbledon final with smooth win over Rybarikova

The Spaniard smashed 22 winners as she crushed the world No 87, clinching victory in just over an hour

Garbiñe Muguruza is into the Wimbledon final for the second time in three years after a powerful, dominant 6-1, 6-1 win over the unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. The Spaniard, beaten by Serena Williams in the 2015 final, smashed 22 winners as she crushed the world No 87, clinching victory in 64 minutes to set up a final against either Britain’s Jo Konta or the five-time champion, Venus Williams.

Rybarikova had upset the new world No 1 Karolina Pliskova in the second round and had endeared herself to the crowds with the variety of her game, including a deadly drop shot. But though nerves were a factor early on, it was the power and depth of Muguruza’s groundstrokes, especially her returns, which never gave her a chance.

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 by an unrelenting Muguruza. The 23-year-old, who won her first grand slam title at the French Open last summer, sported some heavy strapping on her left thigh but it didn’t seem to affect her as she ripped through the opening set in 30 minutes.

Rybarikova had come from a set and a break down to beat Pliskova but there was to be no coming back against an inspired Muguruza, who charged ahead 4-0. One beautiful lob from Rybarikova and another drop shot, lob volley combination had the crowd on their feet but they were just fleeting glimpses of her talent as Muguruza closed out to move within one victory of a first Wimbledon title.

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