Rybarikova vs. Muguruza
|Date & Time||Thursday July 13, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Garbine Muguruza and Magdalena Rybarikova meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Garbine Muguruza is coming off a straight sets win over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Muguruza won 71 percent of her first serve points and 61 percent of her second serve points. Muguruza has still dropped just one set this tournament and has been broken just once when you remove her match against Angelique Kerber. Muguruza has gotten no less than 62 percent of her first serves in play and has had 15 or less unforced errors in four of her first five matches. Needless to say, this is the dominant Muguruza that we saw win the French Open title in 2016. Muguruza hopes to make her third career grand slam final appearance and second in the Wimbledon. Muguruza is 2-0 in grand slam semifinal appearances. Muguruza has won eight of her last 10 matches on grass court.
Magdalena Rybarikova is coming off a straight sets win over Coco Vandeweghe that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Rybarikova won 78 percent of her first serve points and 60 percent of her second serve points. Rybarikova has dropped two sets this tournament and is coming off a match in which she won 46 percent of her return points and had just eight unforced errors. Rybarikova has been very sharp with her return and has given herself a combined 47 break chances in her five matches overall. Rybarikova is simply hitting the ball with terrific pace and has proven to be very tough to beat when she’s not racking up the unforced errors. Rybarikova has a chance to make her first ever grand slam final appearance at 28 years old. Rybarikova has won 10 straight matches on grass court.
These two have split their previous four meetings with Rybarikova winning the most recent match in the 2015 Birmingham Classic. Muguruza’s last win over Rybarikova came in the 2013 Indian Wells Masters. The last two matches between these two were decided in straight sets.
Not many players can compete with Muguruza when she’s playing in this form and she’s able to mix in her shots and not cater to Rybarikova, who wants power shots win rallies. Muguruza has more variety to her game than Coco, and that’s going to be the difference to slay the cinderella. Not to mention you have to question when nerves will eventually takeover for Rybarikova, as this is somebody who never even made the fourth round of a grand slam before this event.
I like Muguruza to get the victory here.