The World’s number one in women’s single tennis has fallen at Roland Garros.
Serena Williams was defeated by the fourth-ranked Garbine Muguruza in straight sets on Saturday at the French Open, 7-5, 6-4. Williams fought off multiple Championship points in the match, but Muguruza eventually buried an impressive lob shot for the win. The Spain native fell to the ground, stunned when it was announced she’d beaten Williams. She earned her first career Grand Slam title with the victory, in a massive upset and a possible springboard for Muguruza to win future Grand Slams. Williams was trying to win her 22nd Grand Slam title and tie Steffi Graf for most Grand Slams won by a female tennis player in the Open Era. This was Williams’ second straight loss in a Grand Slam final.
— Geraldine Cros (@ggcros) June 4, 2016
Muguruza’s underdog victory was propelled by her incredible play all week at the tourney. She was unbeatable after losing a set in her opening tournament matchup against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, winning her next five matchups without losing a single set. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Muguruza in total won 14 straight sets, including two on Saturday against Williams, to capture the title. That’s about as elite as it gets. Getting Williams to play from behind all day and having her constantly trying to spoil Championship points is extremely impressive.
Hell of a 1st major title for Muguruza:
Won last 14 sets, without a tiebreak.
Straight-setted 3 Slam champs. Including Serena. In a final.
— Carl Bialik (@CarlBialik) June 4, 2016
As ESPNTennis notes, at 22, Muguruza is the youngest women’s Grand Slam winner since Victoria Azarenka won the 2012 Australian Open.
It was a dominant tournament for Muguruza as she deservedly won her first Grand Slam with her incredibly strong, balanced play. Upsetting Williams at the French Open is going to make Muguruza a superstar. Considering she’s just 22-years-old and how dominant she was on Saturday, it’s possible this won’t be the last time we see her challenge for Grand Slam titles.