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. 

Source: b'All smiles! Picture perfect. / Source: AFP'

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:

Source: b'Pictures says it all. / Source: AFP'

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.

Source: b'The wait for 22 continues. / AFP'

"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)