The elusive 22nd career Grand Slam title remained that way on Saturday in Paris as world No. 1 Serena Williams was upset 7-4, 6-4 by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza who claimed her first major title.
The 22-year-old won a rematch of last year’s Wimbledon final, but this year turned the tables on the American with her precise power game on the red dirt.
“I think we both were very nervous,” Muguruza said after the match. “I was really going for the match so I was not really thinking of who I have in front or where I’m playing. I was just like, ‘Come on, go for the match.’ I just said, ‘Garbine be calm, don’t get nervous.’ I practiced all my life for this so you know, that’s the moment.”
Muguruza broke twice in the opening set, eventually serving it out for a 7-5 lead. In the second set the Spaniard again broke twice, failed to convert four match points on Williams’ serve, but at 5-4 serving out the match at love.
“I can’t explain with words how this day means to me,” said Muguruza, who climbs to the No. 2 ranking behind Williams. “You work all your life to get here. I want to really congratulate Serena because she’s one of the best players…I’ve grown up playing on clay so for Spain and for me this is just amazing.”
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