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MUGURUZA INTO FIRST MAJOR SEMIFINAL

2015-7-8


LONDON, England - WTA Rising Star Garbi馿 Muguruza defeated Timea Bacsinszky, 7-5, 6-3, at Wimbledon on Tuesday to advance to her first major semifinal.

There was little to separate the players, but in the end it was Muguruza's superior firepower, and willingness to come forward, that made the difference. After edging a tight opening set, the Spaniard hammered away a backhand winner to claim the decisive break in the penultimate game of the second.

"It's amazing, I'm so happy. It was a very tough match," Muguruza said. "The last game was a very intense one, so there was so much relief after that."

Muguruza is the first Spaniard since Arantxa S醤chez-Vicario in 1997 to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon and there she will face Agnieszka Radwanska.

"It's very hard to achieve this, so I'm very proud and happy for Spain also! All this experience helps you a lot and makes you believe that you can do it. So I'm going to be confident and ready for the match," she added.

For all her attacking intent, it was Muguruza's defensive nous that made the difference in the opening set. Serving at 6-5 down, Bacsinszky's hitherto impeccable groundstrokes began to falter, with the forehand looking particularly brittle. And it was this wing that let her down on set point, the Swiss getting her feet in a tangle to hoik the ball into the tramlines.

Few players have won with more regularity than Bacsinszky over the past 12 months, and she showed no inclination of going down without a fight. However, despite securing an early break in the second, she was unable to withstand the Spaniard's assault, slipping to defeat when she failed to track down one final clubbing backhand.

For Bacsinszky, she did her burgeoning reputation - and ranking - no harm with her showing in south-west London. She also relished the opportunity to perform once more on one of tennis' grandest stages.

"I felt great out there. It was a great atmosphere," Bacsinszky said in her post-match press conference. "I'm used to like playing on smaller courts, especially last year, when I was a qualifier in many tournaments.

"I had the chance to play on Court No.1 last year against Maria Sharapova in the second round. I'm slowly getting used to the atmosphere of bigger courts. I'm not complaining about not playing enough on big courts - I like to play on smaller courts, and I like to play on big courts, too. It's part of the game to be able to adapt yourself to everything."



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