Garbine Muguruza, French Open champion in 2016, has qualified for her maiden Wimbledon final, thrashing Magdalena Rybarikova, from Slovakia, in the first semi-final played in London today.
She won 6-1 6-1, the first set taking 30 minutes to complete at the Centre Court. The entire match lasted just one hour four minutes, with Muguruza hitting 22 winners.
She will know her opponent on Saturday after the second match between Venus Williams and Johanna Konta.
Twenty three year-old Muguruza, with Venezuelan origin, represents Spain in tennis competitions and turned professional in 2012. She has won three singles titles, most notably at the 2016 French Open where she beat Serena Williams in the final. That gave her achieved her career-high world ranking of No. 2.
Muguruza first came into prominence by reaching the fourth round of the 2014 Australian Open, where she scored an upset over Caroline Wozniacki en route.
She then defeated Serena Williams in the second round of the French Open that same year, beating the world No. 1 in straight sets en route to the quarterfinals.
In 2015, she won the China Open and reached her first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon. She also qualified for her first WTA Finals in 2015, scoring a perfect winning record in the round-robin stage before falling out in the semifinals to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska.