Wimbledon Ladies’ Semifinals Recap

The final four women in Wimbledon competed today for a spot in the championship in London.  A wide variety of players were among the four from one semifinal between a British hometown favorite and an American tennis legend in Venus Williams to the other semi which featured the 14 seed who had been to a major semifinal three straight years to an unseeded and unknown player to much of the public.  Both matches were not as close as semifinals would normally be.

In the first semifinal, the 14 seed Garbine Mugruza defeated unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 in just over an hour.  Mugruza won 58 percent of points on return and won five of twelve break points.  She also had 22 winners and for the entire match won 60 of the 93 points in the entire match. Muguruza can reach the top five in the world rankings with a win in the final.  She will have a tough opponent in Venus Williams as she won the second semifinal against native British Johnna Konta 6-4, 6-2.  Williams was able to win nearly eighty percent of her points on her first serve and was able to hold her own on the second serve winning 65 percent of those points.  Konta, meanwhile, could not get into a rhythm on her second serve points winning only a third of those points (7 for 21).  

There is a lot on the line for both ladies in the final match as no matter who wins, the runner up will only be ninth in the world rankings.  With a win, Venus Williams will move into fourth in the world.  Muguruza though would be fifth in the world with the Wimbledon title.  A great final awaits us though and in Wimbledon the rankings do not matter as everyone wants to be known as a major champion especially on Centre Court at Wimbledon.


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