22 year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza won her maiden Grand Slam by beating World Number 1 Serena Williams, who was hoping to win her 22nd slam, 7-5 6-4 to claim the French Open title at Roland Garros.
Williams had beaten the Spaniard in the 2015 Wimbledon final, and went into this as hot favourite. However Muguruza, coached by Victoria Azarenka’s former coach Sam Sumyk, wasn’t fazed. She managed to race in a 4-2 lead in the opening set by hitting lots of winners into both corners.
Three-time winner, and defending champion, Serena’s power was a little negated on the clay surface, and that played into Muguruza’s hands.
Serena got back into the first set, but the Spaniard broke the World Number 1 again at 5-5, and went on to serve out the set 7-5.
In the second set Muguruza kept her form, and never really looked like getting in trouble. She had five attempts to serve for the title, with Serena battling to save four of them, however Muguruza wasn’t to be denied and her lob evaded Williams to end her challenge.
It was a marvellous win for the 22 year-old, and she looks like she could win more Slams in the next few years.
Afterwards Muguruza said, I’m pretty shocked still. I was like, ‘Did I win Roland Garros? What happened?’” she said. “When the umpire said, ‘Game, set, and match,’ I was like, ‘No way. I won. It was like amazing.’”
On missing four opportunities to serve it out, “There’s no room for being disappointed or for excuses, ‘Oh, I had four match points,’” she said. “I just tried to be calm even though inside, I was like, ‘Oh, there’s no way.’”
“I can’t explain with words what this day means to me,” Muguruza said.
As for Williams, who had a small problem with an abductor muscle problem, offered no excuses saying, “I’m not one to ever make excuses and say, like, ‘Oh, my adductor was hurting,’ or whatever.
“At the end of the day I didn’t play the game I needed to play to win and she did. Adductor or not, she played to win.
“She won the first set by one point. I mean, that just goes to show you that you really have to play the big points well, and she played the big points really well.”