Serena Stopped by Muguruza in French Final; Stuck at 21
by Staff | June 4th, 2016, 5:40 pm

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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10 Comments for Serena Stopped by Muguruza in French Final; Stuck at 21

Jun Says:

Suck at 22. Stuck at 21.

jane Says:

with gabrine and now the lopez bros winning, they are winning on the clay for spain in rafa’s absence.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Serena is not what she once was. But she’s still the best in the world.

Serena has been ‘not what she once was’ many time in her career, and still been the best in the world.

The difference is that I don’t think she’s getting back to where she once was again.

I still think she’ll break Graf’s record. She’s still the best in the world. But Court’s record may be too much, and I don’t think we’ll see GOAT form out of Serena again. I hope she proves me wrong!

Jack Lewis Says:

“Serena is not what she once was. But she’s still the best in the world.”

Just not the best today, a lot of negative body language, really poor returning and she was done for.

danica Says:

These Spanish players were great stories of RG. I was so glad to see Marc Lopez happy. His tears of joy and relief and disbelief almost broke my heart. Well done! And Gabrine played great. That was a precious moment when she played that last lob and wasn’t sure whether it was in or out. Only when the audience jumped and started screaming and applauding, did she realise what she accomplished.
Congrats to all the winners!

Klaas Says:

This is the end of pure power tennis. The new generation of female players can both handle power and combine it with finesse in the form of drop shots and penetrating volleys.
Serena will be still be a factor but no longer all dominant.

FedExpress Says:

Why put a half naked Serena on the front page?!?!?!

Dantheman Says:

I think this match was a shift to the future of the women’s game. We saw Kerber raise her game to levels never seen before (Kerber also beat Azarenka 1st time in her career) at the Australia; Azarenka has seriously raised her game back to normal on hard courts; and now Muguruza wins 14 straight sets to win the French Open. The other players are really raising their games in the women’s game this year.

Van Persie Says:

1 more set ;)

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