In a final that pitted one of the sport’s legends against one of its rising stars, Garbine Muguruza won the 2016 French Open over Serena Williams.
The world No. 4 defeated Williams 7-5, 6-4 to capture her first Grand Slam title. She is the first Spanish woman to win a major title since 1998.
Muguruza took it to the defending champion, matching her intensity and heavy-hitting to dictate play. Williams, facing off against an opponent 12 years her junior and fighting an adductor injury, struggled with her movement.
Murugurza and Williams opened the match blazing, as each showed off their impressive serves. It would take until the fifth game for Muguruza to capture the first break of the match on a double-fault from Williams.
Williams fended off two set points in the opener, but Muguruza would not be denied on the third try, sending a strong backhand past the three-time Roland Garros chamapion’s outstretched racquet to win the opening set.
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