Sweet revenge for Garbine Muguruza as she won the French open women singles beating World No.1 Serena Williams in straight sets (7-5, 6-4). It was about a year ago in Wimbledon when Serena was successful.
It is the first Grand Slam title for Muguruza, a 22-year-old Spaniard who was born in Venezuela. For Williams, who was playing through a strained upper leg muscle, her pursuit of a 22nd major tournament championship will continue, presumably at Wimbledon. Only two other women have won that many majors, including Margaret Court, who won 24 (13 of those were before the Open era). Steffi Graf holds the Open-era record with 22.
It was 21st Grand Slam win for Williams in last July, and at the time it seemed inevitable that she would have reached Graf’s mark by now. But a stunning loss to Roberta Vinci in semi-finals at the United States Open prevented it from happening there. It also squashed Williams’s hope of winning the elusive Grand Slam — all four major tournaments in one calendar year.
Another surprise came in January in Australia, where Angelique Kerber upset Williams to lose in the final.
The last time Williams lost at three major tournaments in a row was in 2014 (the Australian Open, the French Open to Muguruza in the second round and Wimbledon). The losing streak led to a rededication to her craft. The biggest change was to begin working with her current coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. After that she won four straight majors.
Muguruza went well specially in this tournament. The only set she lost on her way to the final was, to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round. But just as with her loss to Williams at Wimbledon, she recovered nicely from the disappointment.
Celebration moment of Garbine Muguruza