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Garbiñe Muguruza stuns Serena Williams to win French Open title

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women's finalFor the third successive Grand Slam a first time champion was crowned as no.4 seed Garbiñe Muguruza played some spectacularly gutsy tennis today to upset arguably the greatest female tennis player of all time, Serena Williams, in the Final of the 2016 French Open.

When Flavia Pennetta beat compatriot Roberta Vinci to win the 2015 US Open title, few would have imagined that a new era of Women's tennis was being ushered in, after all, if anything the two Italians represented the old guard rather than the new - ageing veterans who had paid their dues and were rewarded at one of the greatest stages that tennis has to offer.

Angelique Kerber's stunning success at the Australian Open denied Serena the opportunity to win Grand Slam singles title no.22, momentarily delaying her ascension to the throne long held by Steffi Graf, and many felt that she would surpass the German legend this year as she went about her business of destroying the competition.

Instead today, the equally legendary American destroyer was given a taste of her own medicine by a 22 year old Venezuelan born Spaniard in Garbiñe Muguruza, who had shown glimpses of her talent in a run to the Final of Wimbledon last year, when she was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by a still dominant Serena.

It wasn't that Serena was off colour today, in fact the 34 year old produced an impressive 23 winners for a two set contest. Her unforced error count was also at a very respectable 22, she just ran into an opponent who made her work to win the big points, and showed that little bit extra hunger to close out a very impressive win.

The opening four games went with serve with Muguruza saving a couple of break points to hold for 2-2. Three break points followed in Serena's next service game, and though the American saved the first two, a double fault on the third gifted the early break to the Spaniard, who consolidated with a tight hold.

Serena though was very much in the contest and rattled off three straight games to nudge ahead 5-4, the set back on serve. At a time when many an opponent has wilted against Serena in the all important 10th game, Muguruza rose to the challenge to produce a strong hold and then landed the counter punch, breaking Serena's serve to once again take the advantage, pulling ahead 6-5.

An exciting 12th game followed in which Muguruza battled back from 15-40 down to bring the game back to deuce, before forcing some set points of her own. The Spaniard would need three bites at the cherry, but eventually closed out the set 7-5.

The youngster started the 2nd set in explosive fashion, breaking Serena's serve and then imploded herself throwing in three double faults to drop serve.  Muguruza was to break again in the third game, and this time she would cement the advantage, opening up a 3-1 lead.

It was an advantage she would hold on to till the 9th game, when the pressure was squarely on the defending champion Serena Williams, serving to stay in the tournament.

An epic game followed in which Serena staved off 4 Championship Points, refusing to yield her hold on the title as Muguruza repeatedly knocked on the door. Serena was to hold serve to force the young Spaniard to try and close out the match, but the 22 year old was completely unfazed, opening up a 40-0 lead before wrapping it up with a lob over the American, one which Serena misjudged and landed squarely on the line as a stunned Muguruza collapsed in shock on the Parisien clay before receiving a warm hug from her opponent, offering a shoulder for her tears of joy.

What next for Serena? Wimbledon of course, and what better place could there be to make history once again.

Final Score:

[4] Garbiñe Muguruza d. [1] Serena Willams.