Muguruza dethrones Serena again in Paris to win French Open

Sat Jun 4, 2016 2:55pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

PARIS (Reuters) - For a split second Garbine Muguruza stood wide-eyed and open mouthed as she seemed to have no clue if her lob had landed in -- but as she turned towards the VIP Box, the wild cheers proved she had dethroned Serena Williams to win the French Open title.

The 22-year-old Spaniard, who produced a pristine performance for an hour and 43 minutes on Saturday to deny Williams a 22nd major trophy with a 7-5 6-4 victory, was soon covered head-to-toe in clay after collapsing on to her back to celebrate her maiden grand slam triumph.

Her shirt, arms, white sweatbands, cheeks and hair were all caked in red dirt but Muguruza did not care a jot as she became the first Spanish woman to hoist the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998.

"It (match point) was really weird. Serena was in front of the ball so I didn't know if it was in or out," said a beaming Muguruza, who was presented with the trophy by American great Billie Jean King.

"I looked at the umpire and he doesn't want to say anything. I was like, 'did I win Roland Garros?'

"When he said, 'game, set, and match' was like way. I won. It was amazing."

Incredibly, the Caracas-born player had never claimed a claycourt title before winning what she called "the perfect final" on Saturday.

If she was the superstitious kind, she would have chosen not to flick through the record books -- as the last time a woman contested her first claycourt final in Paris, she got walloped 6-0 6-0 by an incumbent world number one.   Continued...

Tennis - French Open Women's Singles Final match - Roland Garros - Serena Williams of the U.S. vs Garbine Muguruza of Spain- Paris, France - 04/06/16 Garbine Muguruza holds trophy.  REUTERS/Corinne Dubreuil/FFT/Pool