Muguruza wins French Open, denying Williams 22nd major title

UPDATED: Garbine Muguruza won her first Grand Slam title by beating defending champion Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 at the French Open on Saturday, denying the American her record-equaling 22nd major trophy.

The fourth-seeded Muguruza, a 22-year-old from Spain, used her big groundstrokes to keep No. 1 Williams off-balance and overcame signs of nerves in the form of nine double-faults to pull off the surprise.

Spain's Muguruza wins French Open title

PARIS: Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza claimed her maiden grand slam title when she beat world number one and defending champion Serena Williams 7-5 6-4 in the French Open final on Saturday.

The 22-year-old, who lost to Williams in last year's Wimbledon final, is the first Spaniard to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998.

FACTBOX

Factbox on Spain's Garbine Muguruza, who beat Serena Williams 7-5 6-4 to win the French Open on Saturday and claim her first grand slam title:

Born: Caracas, Venezuela, on October 8, 1993 (Age: 22)

Grand Slam career best results: Australian Open - fourth round (2014-15); French Open - winner 2016; Wimbledon - runner-up (2015); U.S. Open - second round (2015)

  • Muguruza is the first Spanish woman to win the Roland Garros title since Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario in 1998.
  • Saturday's match was her first claycourt final.
  • Muguruza dropped only one set in reaching the final, against Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in round one.
  • Muguruza was also the last player to defeat Serena Williams at Roland Garros, beating the American 6-2 6-2 in the second round in 2014.
  • Saturday's title was just Muguruza's third on the main women's tour, after the Hobart International in 2014 and the China Open in 2015.
  • Serena Williams and Pete Sampras were her favourite tennis players as a child.
  • Won the title for the loss of only one set.

Making her name

Her mother (Scarlet Blanco) is from Venezuela and father (Jose) is Spanish.

Began playing tennis aged three

Trained at the Bruguera Tennis Academy near Barcelona.

Turned pro in 2011 and won four titles on the ITF circuit.

Career to date

In 2012 she scored her first win against a top-10 player (Vera Zvonareva) in Miami in her second WTA main draw match.

Won her first singles title at Hobart in 2014 and ended the year ranked 21 in the world.

Breakthrough season in 2015. Won the Beijing title and reached Wimbledon final and qualified for WTA Finals, where she reached the semis.

Rose to world number three by end of year.

Slow start to 2016, but form returned at Miami where she reached last 16 and lost a tight battle against Victoria Azarenka. Semi-finalist in Rome.

Coached by Frenchman Sam Sumyk who has also worked with Victoria Azarenka and Eugenie Bouchard.

Now lives in Geneva.