Garbine Muguruza denied Serena Williams the chance to tie Steffi Graf’s Open record of 22 grand slam titles, as the Spaniard stunned the defending champion 7-5 6-4 to win her first French Open title.
It is Muguruza’s first grand slam title as she scored revenge on Serena Williams in a repeat of last year’s Wimbledon final, as she became Spain’s first female French Open champion since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a great start as she saved an early break point at 2-2 then snatched a break point of her own when the 21 time grand slam winner hit a double-fault to give Murguruza a 4-2 lead.
However, the veteran Williams broke back to level it up at 4-4 when Muguruza hit a return too long but the Spaniard scored another break as Williams could only return a backhand down the line straight into the net.
Murgurza then sealed the first set as Williams spurned two break points as the Spaniard clinched it on the third set point with a wonderful finish into the bottom corner.
Many may have expected Williams to come roaring back but Muguruza kept up the good form with an immediate break point in the opening game of the second set as Williams sent a return into the net.
Williams broke back to level it at 1-1 as Murgurza doubled faulted but she did not let that get to her as a fourth break point of the match as Williams backhand was too long.
Williams managed to save four championship points to deny the Spaniard the title as she eventually held serve as Muguurza served for the championship at 5-4.
She raced to a 40-0 advantage and a lob of the head of Serena Williams just about touched in as Muguruza sealed a famous victory to celebrate her first grand slam title.