After surviving a second-set wobble, Garbine Muguruza booked her first grand slam final with victory over Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon.
Garbine Muguruza's fairytale story at Wimbledon will have one last chapter after she booked a maiden grand slam final place at the expense of Agnieszka Radwanska.
After reaching the quarter-finals at the French Open, the young Spaniard continued her impressive rise in the women's game on Thursday with a 6-2 3-6 6-3 win over the 2012 beaten finalist.
Muguruza's strength enabled her to dominate early against her experienced opponent, and although she lost six games in a row as Radwanska levelled the match, the world number 20 prevailed to become the first Spanish woman in the Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1996.
The 21-year-old's power was evident from the outset on Centre Court as Radwanska struggled to return her strong groundstrokes, the Spaniard pouncing on her opponent's weaker second serve.
Muguruza took the opening game with a strong forehand and, after consolidating the break with an accomplished service game, again made inroads on her opponent's serve.
Radwanska saved the next break point to get herself off the mark, but two games later she was again on the defensive, Muguruza's forehand continuing to hammer down unreturnable shots.
A crisp double-handed backhand cross court set her on the way to a second break of the set, and although she wasted two set points, she found herself ahead after 34 minutes.
The youngster's impressive play continued in the second with another break of the Radwanska serve, her clinical shot selection not giving the 13th seed a chance to settle as she pinned her to the baseline with long groundstrokes.
However, as a place in the final began to draw nearer, nerves began to affect the 20th seed, her first lost service game allowing Radwanska back into the match.
It gave the Pole the impetus she needed as she rattled off five successive games to level the semi-final, the previously dominant Muguruza struggling to control her unforced errors.
Having survived her wobble, Muguruza's first-set groundstrokes began to make an appearance in the decider, the Spaniard able to control her power once again.
A break in the sixth game re-opened the door to the final and this time she confidently marched through it to reach Saturday's final.