Don't expect first-time Slam semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova to be afflicted by nerves this afternoon.
WTA Staff

LONDON, Great Britain - It took Magdalena Rybarikova 36 goes to even make it beyond the third round of a Slam, let alone all the way to the final four, and the unseeded Slovak admits that she's giving away a lot in past knowledge to her fellow semifinalists.

"It's Wimbledon semifinals, she has a lot of experience with these kind of matches - I'm first time in a Grand Slam semifinal," she said of her opponent today, 2015 runner-up Garbiñe Muguruza.

But the gulf in ranking and accomplishments aren't cauding the World No.87 any trepidation - far from it.

"I was not that nervous!" she said of the biggest matches of her life this fortnight. "I was really surprised about that."

Maybe it's because Rybarikova is revelling in her underdog status. She's only been back for five months since recovering from wrist and knee surgeries, and though she's put in some spectacular results on the ITF Pro Circuit to raise her ranking from a low of No.453 in March to its current No.87 - and is guaranteed to be at least No.33 on Monday - the 28-year-old hasn't considered herself a favorite this week.

"That helps, I think - I just want to enjoy the matches," she mused. "Especially on Centre Court - both matches, I really was enjoying them. I think that really helps - when you are not expecting that much from yourself, then you can enjoy it."

So, back to that gulf between Rybarikova and Muguruza today? The tournament's surprise package observes that "again, I'm not going to be favourite - so again, I can just enjoy this match."

In light of what she's done with that precise attitude so far, maybe that's an ominous sentence for the Spaniard.

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