Wimbledon 2015 Day 8: Garbine Muguruza Joins Familiar Names In Ladies Singles Semifinals

Garbine Muguruza (click to enlarge)

Serena Williams. Maria Sharapova. Agnieszka Radwanska. All three have reached a Wimbledon final. Two have won Wimbledon (not to mention the other three Majors as well). One has won Wimbledon multiple times. These three veterans of the WTA comprise 3 of the 4 berths in the Wimbledon 2015 semifinals. The other spot in the semis will be filled by up and coming 21-year old Garbine Muguruza. I’ve spent the last few days posting about rising stars Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe…and they did play well pushing Aga and Masha to three sets. But Muguruza is the one still standing. This is her best showing to date in a Major, in terms of how far she has advanced. Some might argue her quarterfinal run at Roland Garros 2014, in which she upset Serena Williams along the way, was more impressive. By the way, she reached the Roland Garros quarters again this year. Oh, and she’s become part of one the best doubles teams on tour with Carla Suarez Navarro. Her record against semifinal opponent Radwanska is 2-2, with Garbine winning the last two meetings. However, they have never played on grass against each other and those last two wins were earlier this year when Aga couldn’t find her game. Also, Radwanska has dealt with this type of Wimbledon semifinal pressure before. Garbine is one of my favorite up and coming players. All signs point to an Aga win on Thursday, but I’d sure love to see Garbine pull this one out and have a chance to win her first Major on Saturday.

 

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1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 3-6 6-2 6-3 vs 23 Victoria Azarenka)

 

4 MARIA SHARAPOVA (won 6-3 6-7 (3) 6-2 vs Coco Vandeweghe)

 

13 AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA (won 7-6 (3) 3-6 6-3 vs 21 Madison Keys)

 

20 GARBINE MUGURUZA (won 7-5 6-3 vs 15 Timea Bacsinszky)

 

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