Centre Court went Caracas for Venezuelaborn Garbine Muguruza after she pole-axed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the Wimbledon final.
Before this year, the 21-year-old, daughter of a Venezuelan mother and Spanish father, had only ever won one match at Wimbledon.
But having grown up on the clay of Barcelona, this year she has discovered a feel for grass and is the first Spanish player to reach the semifinals since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1997.
Radwanska, beaten by Serena Williams in the 2012 final, started as strong favourite but was immediately broken by Muguruza with a series of strong forehands right from the start.
Looking completely at home, the no. 20 seed continued to dominate throughout the first set, breaking again to clinch it in just 34 minutes.
A further break in the second underlined her supremacy but at 3-1, the enormity of the situation appeared to kick in. As Muguruza tightened, Radwanska drew on her experience to start to give her opponent the runaround, winning the next four games to earn the chance to serve for the set.
She had to work for it, but when Muguruza’s suddenly-less-impressive forehand drifted long, we were into a deciding set.