Muguruza upsets Williams to win the French Open

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Garbiñe Muguruza has won the French Open. She defeated Serena Williams for her first Grand Slam title.

Muguruza upset the top-seeded Williams, 7-5, 6-4. Williams was also the defending French Open Champion.

Garbiñe Muguruza uses a backhand to hit the ball back to Yanina Wickmayer in the 2016 French Open

Garbiñe Muguruza uses a backhand to return the ball in the 2016 French Open (Getty Images)

“I’m so, so excited — to play in a Grand Slam against one of the best players, it’s the perfect final,” Muguruza said.

“I’m so happy. I had to be very ready and concentrated on all the points and just to fight as much as I can. All the matches I’ve played against her helped me. It’s our favorite tournament in Spain and I want to thank all my Spanish supporters.”

The 22-year-old Spaniard will now use this win to become the next tennis star. She’s had a meteoric rise to where she is today.

She joins Flavia Penneyta and Angelique Kerber, who defeated Williams for their first Grand Slam.

Williams was holding a 2-5 record in her last seven Grand Slam appearances. Muguruza’s returns and ground game were just too much for the American.

She’s also the first Spanish woman to win a Grand Slam title since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario won the French Open in 1998, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information. Muguruza now ties Conchita Martinez with one, while Sanchez-Vicario has four.

It’s the first-time that Williams lost back-to-back Grand Slam Finals. Muguruza won all 14 sets after losing her first set in the tournament.

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