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Wimbledon 2015: Garbine Muguruza to stop her parents attending her biggest day

By John Skilbeck

Published 10/07/2015

Emotional moment: Garbine Muguruza celebrates victory over
Agnieszka Radwanska in the Wimbledon semi-final
Emotional moment: Garbine Muguruza celebrates victory over Agnieszka Radwanska in the Wimbledon semi-final

Superstitious Spaniard Garbine Muguruza could ban her parents from attending the most important match of her life after setting up a Wimbledon final showdown against Serena Williams.

The 21-year-old told her Venezuelan mother Scarlet and Spanish father Jose Antonio to stay away from her semi-final, which she won 6-2 3-6 6-3 against Agnieszka Radwanska.

A first grand slam title match looms for Barcelona-based Muguruza, who said it felt like a dream and headed away from the All England Club to speak to her parents about tomorrow's final, and the prospect of their presence.

They wanted to witness the semi-final but abided by Muguruza's wishes when she pleaded with them to stay at home.

"They watched me on TV or on the computer today," said Muguruza. "They told me two days ago, 'We want to come'.

"I said, 'No'. I don't want to change anything. I brush my teeth at the same time. I get out of bed with the same leg. I'm not going to change anything.

"I'm going to talk to them now, to see if they're going to come or not. We will discuss it."

Muguruza has played the tournament of her life to set up the shot at Williams, who will be three quarters of the way to a rare calendar Grand Slam should she prevail.

Radwanska fears for her conqueror against the all-conquering American, and said: "I don't think she can beat Serena in the final. But I wish her luck. It's going to be hard. If she does it, big respect."

Only two weeks ago, Muguruza lost to Britain's Jo Konta in the third round at Eastbourne, and she had never gone beyond the quarter-finals of a grand slam before.

But the heavy-hitting baseliner has enjoyed a thrilling run through the Wimbledon draw and added Radwanska to a list of victims that already included Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber.

Muguruza becomes Spain's first women's singles finalist at Wimbledon since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario lost to Steffi Graf in the 1995 and 1996 title matches. She is seeking to be her country's first Wimbledon champion since Conchita Martinez lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish in 1994.

"You work all your life to achieve a grand slam final, to be in this situation. It's like a dream, like a present after all the hard work," Muguruza said.

"I think it's the best final you can play. To have Serena in the Wimbledon final I think is the hardest match you can have.

"If you want to win a grand slam, when you dream, you say, 'I want Serena in the final'."

Seeded 20th, Muguruza might be perceived as having little chance against world number one Williams in the final, and should she lose focus as she did with a straight-sets victory in sight against Radwanska then it may be a painful experience.

From a set and 3-1 ahead, Muguruza dropped six successive games but Radwanska could not maintain momentum for the third set.

"I found a way, as in the first set, to play more aggressively and I lost the fear to win the match," said Muguruza.

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