Garbine Muguruza’s first appearance in Grand Slam semifinals was highly successful, as the 21-year-old Spaniard cruised through the first part of the match and then kept composure when her opponent Agnieszka Radwanska made a real comeback threat, winning all the games from being 3-1 down in the second set and starting the decider with a service break. However, the young Muguruza stayed strong, kept her shots impressive and prevailed 6-2 3-6 6-3 to make the final of Wimbledon. A rise from the current ranking of No.20 to a new career-high of No.9 is now ensured for Muguruza, while if she wins the title she could potentially climb to No.6.
In the other Thursday’s semifinal at Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova continued her immense inferiority to Serena Williams, falling to the mighty American in straight sets, 6-2 6-4. This defeat has now increased the count of Sharapova’s consecutive losses to Williams to 17! Ouch!
Interestingly, Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou doesn’t think that Sharapova has developed extreme self-consciousness when facing Serena, rather, he simply believes that Serena has a better game:
She does not have a mental block against Serena. Serena simply plays tennis much better than she does. For me, Azarenka is much better than Sharapova. There’s no discussion. Sharapova is a great champion. She has great qualities. She fights incredibly and has tremendous mental strength. But at some stage, her level of play hits a ceiling.
Muguruza is still paving her path towards becoming a WTA great, but she does have a victory over Serena, having beaten her in the second round of the 2014 French Open in straight sets. Serena defeated Muguruza twice, including once after that big upset. Interestingly, all these three meetings happened at Grand Slams — one at the French Open and two at the Australian Open. Let’s see what will happen at Wimbledon! (photos: Jimmie48)