Cocktail of talent helps Muguruza reach semis

Tue Jul 7, 2015 2:32pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - A little bit of the Williams sisters' power combined with Maria Sharapova's mental strength and blended in with Martina Hingis' tactical nous -- that heady mix of talent made Garbine Muguruza into the "perfect player" who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Three years ago Muguruza took an instant dislike to grass after losing her first match on the lush surface in Birmingham.

On Tuesday, however, her new-found love-affair with the green turf blossomed as she became the first Spanish woman in 18 years to reach the last four after a 7-5 6-3 win over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.

So how did the 21-year-old turn herself into a world beater on grass?

"I always like to take little parts of every player and try to do the same things," grinned the Venezuelan-born Spaniard.

"You see the Williams sisters, the power.

"You see Maria, she has a very good mentality and she's very focused during the whole match.

"Or Hingis, she has very good talent.   Continued...

Garbine Muguruza of Spain celebrates after winning her match against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 7, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne