AEGON Ilkley Trophy women's champion Magdalena Rybarikova is aiming to upset the odds by reaching the Wimbledon final.

Less than three weeks since the little-known Slovakian triumphed in the $100,000 ITF Women’s Futures tournament in Ilkley, she takes on Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the grand slam semi-final tomorrow.

The world No 87 has become the surprise package of the women's singles, defeating American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3 in Tuesday's quarter-final having upset one-time title favourite Karolina Pliskova in the second round.

Her success at Ilkley – which came thanks to a final win over Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck – was part of a confidence-building run going into Wimbledon.

That also saw her beat British player Heather Watson to win the Aegon Surbiton Trophy and she was a semi-finalist at Nottingham.

The Slovakian, who favours the grass-court surface, had surgery on her wrist and knee last year and wondered whether her career might be finished.

Rybarikova said: "Last year it was very difficult for me. I was sometimes thinking maybe I'm never going to come back, and here I am in the semi-final of a grand slam.

"Maybe I just relaxed myself. I'm really enjoying to be on the court. Really I'm so grateful, and lucky."