PARIS, June 4, 2016
Garbine Muguruza captures her first Grand Slam title, winning Saturday’s final of the French Open 7-6, 6-4 over world number one Serena Williams.
The fourth seed from Spain broke in the 11th game to serve the set out in the following with a backhand winner after 56 minutes.
Williams opened the second set with a rough game, dumping a backhand into the net to give the Spaniard an early break. Muguruza, however, double faulted on break point in the following and the US-American leveled score at 1-1, but the third consecutive service loss followed. Muguruza defended the lead until the end, converting her fifth championship point after one hour and 43 minutes.
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) 4. Juni 2016
Muguruza is the first Spanish woman to triumph in Paris since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beat Monica Seles in the final in 1998. A couple of her compatriots congratulated the Venezuela native on her triumph.
Congrats Garbiñe for your win at Roland Garros. Great news for Spanish tennis!
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) 4. Juni 2016
Booooom!!! Garbiñe Muguruza!!!
— David Ferrer (@DavidFerrer87) 4. Juni 2016
— Conchita Martínez (@conchitamartinz) 4. Juni 2016
Williams remains stuck on 21 Grand Slam titles.
“I think she won the first set by one point. I mean, that just goes to show that you really have to play the big points well, and I think that is what she did,” Williams admitted her second loss in a Grand Slam final this year. She finished runner-up to Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open.
“I ran up against two players that, I think in Australia, Kerber made 16 errors in three sets, so what do you do in that situation? Today Garbiñe played unbelievable. The only thing I can do is just keep trying,” the 34-year-old said and added that Muguruza is having a bright future.
“She’s definitely hitting hard. I think she has a bright future, obviously. She knows how to play on the big stage and she knows how to win Grand Slams.”
Muguruza entered the press room for her post-match conference about two and half hours after her triumph.
“I’m pretty shocked still. Pretty excited about what just happened. I think I’ve got to take my time and enjoy, because with tennis players it goes so fast. You have to right away think about another tournament. I want to enjoy,” the Spaniard stated and couldn’t really realize that she has captured her first major trophy.
“I was like, Did I win Roland Garros? What happened? When he said, Game, set, and match, I was like, No way. I won. It was like amazing,” she told about her feelings after she had converted match point.
“I’d like to say thank you to the people who are close to me. It’s a small circle of people, a small group of people. I’d like to thank my family. They have made so many sacrifices for us. You know, for me, my parents have had to travel a lot. They had to make many sacrifices. My family was here with my brothers, and that’s a very important moment,” Muguruza said.