PARIS: In a big upset at Roland Garros, Garbiñe Muguruza stunned defending champion Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 and claim her maiden Grand Slam title, here on Saturday.
Muguruza rose to the occasion and earned the first break of the match for a 3-2 lead and then put a pair of double faults behind her to escape a 0-30 deficit and consolidate it. Williams broke back to level the score, but Muguruza stayed steady to earn a second break and serve out the first set 7-5.
Muguruza once again stayed composed in the second set and took a 3-1 lead. Williams defended four of Muguruza's championship points on her serve at 5-3 and win a 16-point game to force the Spaniard to serve for the match. And the No.4 seeded Muguruza served it out at love and claimed the match on a backhand lob winner to close out Williams, 7-5, 6-4.
"I think we both were very nervous," Muguruza told NBC's Mary Carillo after the match. "I was really going for the match so I was not really thinking of who I have in front or where I'm playing.
"I was just like, 'Come on, go for the match.' I just said [to myself], 'Garbiñe be calm, don't get nervous.' I practiced all my life for this so you know, that's the moment."