Wimbledon Day 10: Williams cruises past Sharapova, Muguruza into first final

World number one Serena Williams book her place in an eight Wimbledon final as the American saw off fourth seed Maria Sharapova with ease on day ten of the action at SW19.

Serena Williams recorded a 17th straight win over Maria Sharapova image: theguardian.com

Serena Williams recorded a 17th straight win over Maria Sharapova
image: theguardian.com

The Russian had not beaten Williams in 16 games and could not end her poor run against the 20 time grandslam winner as Williams’ ferocious returns was too much for the 2004 champion to handle.

Williams was in command and two breaks in the first set and a single break point helped Williams to a 6-2 6-4 straight sets victory and could hold all four majors should she walk away with a sixth Wimbledon crown to Saturday.

She will now face Garbine Muguruza in the final after the Spaniard booked her first ever grandslam final with victory over Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.

The 21-year-old saw manged to hold her nerve after 13th seed Radwanska fought her way back into the game after the Spaniard won the first set as she denied Radwanska a second Wimbledon final with a 6-2 3-6 6-3 win.

She becomes the first Spaniard to reach the final at Wimbledon after Arantxa Sanchez Vicario lost to Steffi Graf in 1995 and 1996 but she faces an uphill battle to win her first major with Serena Williams a strong favourite to win a 21st grandlsam title.

Garbine Muguruza is through to her first ever grandlsam final image: rte.ie

Garbine Muguruza is through to her first ever grandlsam final
image: rte.ie

Tomorrow it is the turn of the men with defending champion Novak Djokovic the favourite to overcome Richard Gasquet, while Andy Murray hopes to bag his third Wimbledon final but must overcome seven-time champion Roger Federer to do so.

More results from day ten of the action at SW19, including all the doubles results, can be found at this link.

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