Here is our betting preview of the Wimbledon semi final match between Garbine Muguruza and Magdalena Rybarikova.
How they got here:
Both Muguruza and Rybarikova had a fantastic build up on their way to Wimbledon with Muguruza competing in the Birmingham Classic and Eastbourne and Rybarikova competing and winning the WTA 100k Ilkley, Wk. 25 Draw, giving both women solid practice on grass courts.
Seeded 14th Muguruza faced off against world number 75 Ekaterina Alexandrova in her opening match and defeated her in straight sets (6-2, 6-4). Her Secibd Riybd match was another show of dominance against Yanina Wickmayer as she won in straight sets (6-2,6-4).
Muguruza then continued her impressive run with a big win against Sorana Cirstea (6-2, 6-2). However, the Spaniard showed that her previous results were no flash in the pan as she impressively defeated number one seed Angelique Kerber in three sets (4-6, 6-4,6-4) and established herself as the favourite for the competition.
Another dominant win against seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-3, 6-4) put the rest of the women's' division on notice as the 2016 French Open winner hopes to win Wimbledon for the first time.
Rybarikova had a rather different approach to her progress to the semi final. The world number 87 faced Monica Niculescu in her opening match and won quite comfortably (6-4, 6-1).
Then the Slovakian shocked the tennis world knocking out third-seeded Karolina Pliskova in a three-set thriller (3-6, 7-5, 6-2).
An easy Round Three match saw the 28-year-old breeze past Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko (6-2, 6-1). However, Rybarikova was again pushed to three sets against world number 88 Petra Martić (6-4, 2-6, 6-3).
The unseeded Slovakian would look to be the outsiders choice as in her quarter final match, and she defeated 24th seed, Coco Vandeweghe, convincingly (6-3, 6-3).
Tale of the tape:
The pair have met a total of four times, and are stalemated at two wins a piece. While they haven't met in over two years, Rybarikova has the latest victory over Muguruza, knocking her out of the 2015 Birmingham Classic (6-3, 6-1). Something to take note of as this is the only time they have met on grass.
Another interesting piece of information about the previous meetings between Rybarikova and Muguruza is that in their four matches, two have been straight-set victories against each other, and two have been three-set victories against each other.
Who will win:
While it's hard to ignore that Rybarikova has beaten Muguruza on grass previously and that fantastic victory in the WTA 100k Ilkley, Wk. 25 Draw, it just seems to hard to overlook the brilliance of Muguruza currently.
The Spaniard has barely put a foot wrong all tournament and looks as though she is the real deal. While Rybarikova may give her a few issues throughout the match, it just seems like one too many mountians to climb.
Muguruza with the form that she is in is stabilising why she is the outright favourite to win the competition.
Muguruza Special to win 2-0 @ 6/5
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