Muguruza reaches final after Radwanska blunder

Thu Jul 9, 2015 12:29pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Garbine Muguruza became the first Spanish woman to reach the Wimbledon final since 1996 as Agnieszka Radwanska was left rueing a botched Hawk-Eye challenge in the last game of her 6-2 3-6 6-3 Centre Court loss on Thursday.

As an enthralling duel neared its conclusion the 21-year-old Muguruza was serving at deuce, 5-3 and thumped a deep drive that Poland's Radwanska scrambled back before stopping mid-rally to challenge after hearing shouts of "out" from her coaching team.

The Hawk-Eye screen showed Muguruza's shot had actually landed on the outer portion of the dusty baseline and even though the Spaniard's next shot was out, the point was already hers as Radwanska had put her fate in the hands of technology.

Radwanska glared towards her box, Muguruza punched the air in relief and seconds later was celebrating victory after swinging away a volley to end the thriller and set up a Saturday afternoon date with five-times champion Serena Williams.

It was an unusual conclusion to a match which had looked like being a quickfire win for Muguruza in her first major semi-final.

"It was a 50-50 decision but it wasn't a very good decision," Radwanska, beaten by Williams in the 2012 final, told reporters.

Muguruza, who had never been beyond the second round at Wimbledon, was just delighted the decision had gone her way, saying: "I heard some people were saying 'out, out' but I was just praying the ball was on the line."


Garbine Muguruza of Spain celebrates after winning her match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth