Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new champion of clay!
Garbine Muguruza won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open on Saturday defeating top seed and defending champion Serena Williams in the final.
The Venezuelan-born Spaniard upset the odds to win 7-5, 6-4, as for Williams it was a second straight loss in a Grand Slam final and it wrecked her hopes once again of winning a 22nd Grand Slam title to draw level with Steffi Graf for most wins in the Open era, since 1968.
Muguruza said after the match:
I am so excited to play the final of a Grand Slam against one of the best ever players. It's the perfect final and I am so happy. I grew up on clay so for Spain and me this is just amazing. Serena is a very powerful player and I just tried to fight as hard as I can.
Here's all you need to know about this new champion on the block:
The players took contrasting routes to get to the final. Fourth seed Muguruza breezed through, losing just the one set, in her opening match, while Williams struggled past the quarter- and semi-finals amid talk of an injury or illness.
"Congratulations to Garbine, she played really well today," said Williams, who confirmed that she had been slightly troubled by an adductor problem.
"I could have served better, made a lot of errors on return, but I did try hard out there."
She will now turn her focus on Wimbledon where she will be the defending champion and a six-time former winner.
(With AFP, Reuters inputs. Featured image: AFP)