Agnieszka Radwanska paid tribute to rising star Garbine Muguruza after the Spaniard claimed their Wimbledon semi-final on Thursday with a 6-2 3-6 6-3 win.
The 13th seed dropped serve twice in the opening five games and Muguruza could have wrapped up the opening set earlier, had she not wasted two set points in the seventh.
While a run of five games in the second set helped the 2012 finalist back into the match, world number 20 Muguruza finished well to continue her rise in the women's game.
Radwanska felt she gave herself too much to do initially, but added that Muguruza deserves her place in the final against Serena Williams.
"She started very fast. I think I was a little bit too slow in the beginning," explained the Pole - who moves back into the world's top 10 following her run to the semis.
"I just took my chances in that second set. That's why it went pretty quickly in the end of the second set.
"You know, the third set was pretty tight. Of course, I had the chances, especially in the beginning of the set, but she was really solid in important moments and serving very well.
"I think she was playing very good, no real ups or downs. She was very solid from beginning to end.
"I tried everything I could, but it wasn't enough."