Serena Williams vs Garbine Muguruza Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Serena Williams vs Garbine Muguruza | Saturday 11 July, 2015 | Wimbledon | 13.00
World no.1 Serena Williams brushed aside fourth seed Maria Sharapova to set up an epic Wimbledon final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.
Sharapova had not beaten Williams since 2004, the year of her Wimbledon triumph over the American, and she was unable to prevent a 17th straight defeat on Thursday.
There were signs of the world no. 4 at least gaining a foothold in the early stages of the second set, but Williams upped the pace in game five and Sharapova succumbed on break point with her fifth double fault.
The match was wrapped up in 79 minutes without Williams facing a break point.
Williams was thrilled to reach her 25th Grand Slam final, saying, “I’m so excited. I got a bit nervous because it was a semi-final and it’s a long time since I’ve been this far.”
She could win a sixth Wimbledon and 21st major title on Saturday, and also complete a ‘Serena Slam’ by holding all four Grand Slam titles. She has, however, adopted a policy during Wimbledon of not discussing the fact that she is close to holding all four major titles for the second time in her career.
The American, who last completed the feat in 2002-2003, said, “I don’t want the pressure of that, and I’m not thinking of that.
“When you talk about it every time, you can’t help but think about it. It’s been OK just to free my brain from that.”
A victory on Saturday is, however, not guaranteed for Williams, having been beaten by Muguruza in the second round of the 2014 French open in straight sets. But Williams got her revenge when she prevailed 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open earlier this year.
Muguruza, 21, playing in her first Grand Slam semi-final on Thursday, beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 3-6 6-3.
It was a terrific performance from Muguruza who is aiming to be the first Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon title since Conchita Martinez in 1994.
After defeating Williams in the 2014 French Open, Muguruza revealed that studying her idol helped her win the match.
“Since I was a child, I thought, oh, I want to play against Serena on Centre Court. And today was the day, and I think I did very good. So when you watch someone play, you know exactly what you need to do to defeat her.”
“I don’t have words to explain it,” she said about the upcoming final. “I worked all my life to achieve this moment.”
Serena Williams vs Garbine Muguruza Betting Tips
Serena’s experience, agility, strength and desire will be nearly impossible for Muguruza to overcome. The world no. 1 is 20-4 in Grand Slam singles finals in her career, and Muguruza is not going to be able to keep her from adding one more victory to the tally.