Garbine Muguruza wins Roland Garros

In what may prove to be a changing of the guard in women’s tennis, 22-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza has beaten Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 to win Roland Garros, her maiden Grand Slam title.

Muguruza was simply better than the 21-time Grand Slam champion in the match, playing her at her own power game and coming out on top.

The victory confirms what many have suspected for some time, that Muguruza may be the player who finally ends Williams’ longstanding dominance.

Three inches taller than the American and seemingly every bit as strong, Muguruza has the power and the skill to withstand the kind of onslaught from Williams many other players simply cannot.

Serena started the stronger of the two players as Muguruza seemed to struggle with nerves, and she came very close to breaking the Spaniard in the fourth game of the opening set.

But Muguruza survived the barrage and turned the tables in the next game, earning a triple break point at 0-40. Williams saved two of them with a couple of fantastic serves but then double faulted to surrender the game.

Williams came close to breaking back immediately but again Muguruza was able to escape. 

In her next service game, however, Serena did manage to find the break she was looking for, leveling the scores at 4-4.

But Muguruza continued to look the part, earning one break point at 5-5 and immediately converting it to give herself an opportunity to serve for the first set.

Williams set up two break points in what proved to be an epic 12th game, but Muguruza saved them both with two powerful serves before converting her third set point with a stunner of a backhand.

Having taken the first set, Muguruza did not let up. She broke in the very first game of the second set, but then produced a disappointing follow-up service game, delivering three double faults to allow Serena back into the match.

Williams could not hold on in the next game, however, as Muguruza continued to read her serves well and turn defence into offence, her powerful groundstrokes again leading to another break.

With Williams serving at 4-5 to stay in the match, Muguruza very nearly managed to finish the job, earning four match points but failing to convert any of them.

But despite the confidence-boosting hold, Williams was powerless to prevent Muguruza from serving out for the match and the title in the following game.

Racing to a 40-0 lead, Muguruza clinched championship point with an overhead lob to capture her first ever Grand Slam title – probably the first of many to come for the talented young Spaniard.

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