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(June 4, 2016) Garbine Muguruza joined the list of first-time major winners when she defeated 21-time major champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 to capture the Roland Garros title on Saturday in Paris. Muguruza denied history for Williams as the American was trying to win her 22nd major, which would have equaled Steffi Graf for most in Open Era. The Spanish woman reversed the result of last year’s Wimbledon final where she lost to Williams.
For the woman born in Venezuela, it was just the sixth tournament title of her career and first on clay.
Muguruza broke Williams’ powerful serve twice in each set. The 22-year old fought off break points in the fourth game of the first set to stay even at 2-2 and broke serve for 3-2. Williams evened things up and broke in the eighth game for 4-4. They stayed even until the eleventh game when Muguruza broke serve and fended off break points to close the set 7-5.
The second set began with three straight service breaks. Muguruza held onto the break lead and missed out on four match points on Williams’ serve in ninth game. She closed out the match on her serve with a lob winner on the line which she did not realize landed in. Even Williams applauded the winning shot.
Muguruza became the first Spanish woman to win Paris since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998.
There were reports that Williams was dealing a with adductor injury. Asked about it, she said: “It was OK. 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.”
Williams talked about how close the match was:”She won the first set by one point. I mean, that just goes to show you, you really have to play the big points well, and she played the big points really well.”
“She has a bright future, obviously.”
“She knows how to play on the big stage and … clearly, she knows how to win Grand Slams.”
“Garbine played unbelievable.” “The only thing I can do is just keep trying.”
“I can’t explain with words what this day means to me,” Muguruza said.
“I have grown up playing on clay,” Muguruza said during the trophy presentation, “so for Spain, and for me, this is amazing.”
Muguruza will see her ranking move up from No. 4 to No. 2 as of Monday.
More to follow…..