22-year-old Spaniard victorious at Roland Garros as she beats Williams 7-5, 6-4
Garbine Muguruza defeated Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, in the process denying a record-equalling 22nd with a 7-5 6-4 win in the French Open final.
Williams was attempting to win the elusive major number 22 that would draw her level in the Open Era with Steffi Graf, but was blown away in straight sets by a young star playing the same brand of powerful tennis that Serena has demonstrated throughout her career.
Spain’s world no.4 Muguruza avenged her defeat to the world number one in last year’s Wimbledon final with a high-velocity display on Court Philippe Chatrier, to win the Suzanne Lenglen trophy.
A set and a break to the good, from 2-1 up in the second, Muguruza was put under pressure on her own serve but held to maintain a lead and at 5-3 was one game away. Serena had to serve to stay in it but at 15-40 provided Muguruza two championship points.Serena was typically resilient however, saving them both and turning the service game around to hold and force Muguruza to serve for the match.
But if there was pressure for Muguruza after missing 4 championship points then there were no signs, as she held to love and served to victory, with the winning point coming on a wonderful lob that landed right on the baseline.
“I’m so, so excited to play in a Grand Slam against one of the best players, it’s the perfect final,” Muguruza said.
“I’m so happy. I had to be very ready and concentrated on all the points and just to fight as much as I can.
“All the matches I’ve played against her helped me. It’s our favourite tournament in Spain and I want to thank all my Spanish supporters.”
“This is the tournament in Spain, clay and Rafa.”