Tuesday 12 December 2017 / 04:18 AM

WIMBLEDON DAY 10 WRAP: WILLIAMS AND MURGURUZA ROAR INTO FINAL

The women’s Wimbledon final has been decided with Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams set to battle it out in the final showdown at the All England Club.

Two years ago Muguruza reached her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, but she ultimately fell to Serena Williams. Now a more experienced Muguruza has another chance at the top prize, playing against older Williams sister, Venus.

“You know what are you going to feel. You know what you more or less deal with out there,” Muguruza said, previewing the clash.

“I feel much more calm, kind of controlling more my emotions than the last time. It was more new for me also.

“Yeah, it’s a big change.”

Muguruza thrashed surprise semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 in just 65 minutes to continue her quest for her first Wimbledon title.

“She’s played very well all tournament but today I stepped on the court super confident and it went very well,” Muguruza said.

The Spaniard has only dropped one set on her way to the final.

“I just think I’m playing well and I want to keep it up for my last match,” she added.

Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, followed Muguruza onto centre court, where she also confirmed her place in the final in straight sets with a 6-4, 6-2 roaring win against home favourite Johanna Konta.

Konta had created history by becoming the first British woman since 1978 to reach the semi-final at the All England Club. However Williams abruptly ended her run to continue the fairy-tale of her own.

The older Williams sister, 37, is now only one win away from becoming the oldest women’s champion in open-era history, as she searches for his sixth crown. The last time Williams won Wimbledon was nine years ago in 2008 when she defeated sister Serena 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

“I’ve played a lot of finals here, it’s been a blessing,” Williams said after the match. “I can’t ask for more, but I want a little more.”

She then joked she would have to ask sister Serena for advice on how to conquer the challenge of Muguruza: “We both play really well on grass, and the last time she played Serena (Wimbledon 2015) so I’ll have to ask Serena for some pointers.

“Serena is always in my corner, and it’s usually her in these finals. I’m just trying my best to represent ‘Williams’ as best I can.”

Williams boasts the 3-1 head-to-head advantage against Muguruza but it was the lower ranked Muguruza who won their most recent meeting in Rome earlier this year. Furthermore, this will be only their first clash on the grass surface.

Meanwhile the men’s final will be decided tonight with Roger Federer continuing his pursuit for an historic eighth Wimbledon crown against Tomas Berdych.

First-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey will take on Marin Cilic.

Federer’s campaign strengthened with both reigning champion Andy Murray and three-time champion Novak Djokovic crashing out of the Championships at the quarterfinal stage.

Murray’s title defence ended dramatically in a five set defeat to Sam Querrey 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 1-6, as the world number one succumbed to a hip injury, which had plagued him all tournament.

Meanwhile Djokovic was forced to retire with an elbow injury, while trailing Berdych 6-7 (2), 0-2.

Federer now avoids the looming semi-final battle against Djokovic., who has beaten him the last two times they had clashed at the Championships. Instead he will face Berdych, a player he boasts the 18-6 head-to-head advantage against.

Cilic and Querrey are both enjoying career best runs at the Championships, which means regardless of the result, one maiden finalist will feature in the final.

AUSSIE TRACKER

Henri Kontinen and John Peers (1) lost to Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo (4): 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 4-6, 9-7

Day 10 upsets – Top seeds who bundled out

Johanna Konta (6) lost to Venus Williams (10): 4-6, 2-6

Day 11 schedule

CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM

  1. Sam Querrey (USA) [24] v Marin Cilic (CRO) [7]
  2. Roger Federer (SUI) [3] v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [11]

 

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM

  1. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) [12] / Kveta Peschke (CZE) [12] v Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [2] / Elena Vesnina (RUS) [2]
  2. Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) [9] / Monica Niculescu (ROU) [9] v Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) / Renata Voracova (CZE)
  3. Henri Kontinen (FIN) / Heather Watson (GBR) v Bruno Soares (BRA) [2] / Elena Vesnina (RUS) [2]

 

NO.2 COURT – 11:00AM

  1. Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) / Barbara Schett (AUT) v Marion Bartoli (FRA) [2] / Iva Majoli (CRO) [2]

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