Wimbledon Wimbledon: Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza's routes to the final

As Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza prepare for the Wimbledon final, we relive how they got there.

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First round " d. Margarita Gasparyan 6-4 6-1
After two consecutive early exits at the All England Club, Williams made a slow start against the Russian. But she recovered from 3-1 down to win 11 of the last 13 games on her way to a victory that everyone expected.

Second round " d. Timea Babos 6-4 6-1
It took just 59 minutes for Williams to get past the Hungarian. Williams was happy with her performance - so rare early at a grand slam - as she crushed Babos with relative ease.

Third round " d. Heather Watson 6-2 4-6 7-5
This was Williams' first scare, and it came in a big way. Watson pushed the powerful American, taking a double-break lead in the third set by going 3-0 up. While Williams fought back, Watson served for the match at 5-4 and was two points away. However, Williams survived.

Fourth round " d. Venus Williams 6-4 6-3
While Serena is still at a high point in her career, her older sister's is in its twilight. And it showed on Centre Court as Serena was largely untroubled to make it a 15-11 win-loss record over Venus.

Quarter-final " d. Victoria Azarenka 3-6 6-2 6-3
Williams found herself a set down for the first time at the tournament, but once she found her best she was always in control. Azarenka had never won a set against Williams on grass and, while that changed, the result was another win to the latter.

Semi-final " d. Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-4
It is seemingly inevitable that a clash against Sharapova results in a Williams win. And for the 17th straight time, that proved to be the case. It has been 11 years since Sharapova beat Williams, and that looks set to continue for some time yet.


First round " d. Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 6-1
After two early main-draw exits at Wimbledon heading in, this was a danger match for the Spaniard. But Muguruza, also an early loser at Eastbourne, proved too good for the error-riddled American.

Second round " d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3 4-6 6-2
In a better display than her opening outing, Muguruza hit 23 winners to claim her win over the veteran Croatian, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 1999.

Third round " d. Angelique Kerber 7-6 (14-12) 1-6 6-2
Muguruza came through one of the more entertaining matches of the tournament, with the first set a particular highlight. The numbers told the story of the quality, with Muguruza hitting 57 of the 90 winners between the pair.

Fourth round " d. Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-4
This proved far more straightforward than it looked on paper for Muguruza, who despite being below her absolute best was still too good for Wozniacki.

Quarter-final " d. Timea Bacsinszky 7-5 6-3
This was a case of chances taken for the 21-year-old, converting three of four break points. She won fewer receiving points, but Bacsinszky could only break once from four chances.

Semi-final " d. Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 3-6 6-3
Muguruza showed nerves that almost cost her, giving up a 3-1 lead in the second set. While broken to start the third, Muguruza composed herself and eventually got the job done to reach her maiden grand slam final.

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