It was Garbine Muguruza all the way in the French Open 2016 women’s singles final as she outclassed defending champion and world no. 1 Serena Williams in straight sets – 7-5 6-4 – to win her maiden Grand Slam title. Relive the contest here:
As it happened!
2030 hrs IST: Muguruza wins her maiden Grand Slam title with 7-5 6-4 win over Serena in final
Game. Set. Match MUGURUZA! Say hello to our newest #RolandGarros champion. 👋 http://t.co/X8PfeZ7S8V
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) 4 June 2016
2023 hrs IST: Serena holds to stay alive in the final. Muguruza, 5-4 up, will now serve for the championship
2012 hrs IST: Serena stays hangs on with the hold. She now needs to make a move on Muguruza’s serve
2008 hrs IST: Muguruza holds serve and is now two games away from her maiden Grand Slam title
2004 hrs IST: ‘Come on,’ screams Serena as she holds serve to make it 2-3 against Muguruza
2000 hrs IST: CLINICAL! Muguruza holds serve to take 3-1 lead in the second set
1957 hrs IST: Muguruza dealing with Serena’s powerful backhands so well
1955 hrs IST: Serena breaks back, so does Muguruza. It’s getting interesting! Muguruza, 2-1 up, on the serve
1946 hrs IST: With ease, Muguruza breaks Serena early in the second set
1941 hrs IST: Muguruza saves two break points, converts the third set point to seal it 7-5 against Serena. Sensational tennis by both finalists. It’s 1-0 in the fourth seed’s favour now
1932 hrs IST: BREAK! Muguruza, 6-5 up, will now serve for the opening set against Serena
1929 hrs IST: Muguruza holds to make it 5-5. Are we heading into a tie-break to decide the set?
1924 hrs IST: The break has changed the complexion of the game. Serena’s hold, after the break, means Guburuza, at 4-5, now serves to stay alive in the first set
1922 hrs IST: Both finalists on top of their games. Serena has been serving well while Muguruza is getting her angles right with the returns
1921 hrs IST: Muguruza hits it long and Serena breaks back to make it 4-4 in the first set
1915 hrs IST: Serena with a crucial hold to keep her chances alive in the first set. We have a real match on our hands today. Muguruza leads 4-3
1913 hrs IST: Hold follows the break. Muguruza backs her serves with top-notch returns. She was under pressure early on with two double-faults, but the returns sealed the deal for her
1907 hrs IST: Early break! Muguruza with an impressive game to go 3-2 up against Serena
1904 hrs IST: Muguruza takes two points on Serena’s serve. Pressure on world no.1. An early break will help Muguruza
1900 hrs IST: It was a lengthy game. Both had chances but Muguruza capitalised on the serve
1854 hrs IST: Muguruza with aggressive play. Saves two break points, holds serve to make it 2-2 in the opening set
1849 hrs IST: A couple of erratic shots but Muguruza does well to hold serve against Serena. Signs of nerves from both the finalists
1845 hrs IST: Comfortable serving game for Serena. Seals it without dropping a point
1840 hrs IST: Last time Muguruza and Serena met was 2015 Wimbledon final. Serena won 6-4 6-4
1839 hrs IST: Both players are warming-up. Serena has won the French Open title thrice and if she wins today, she will become the oldest women’s player to lift the trophy
1838 hrs IST: Muguruza has been playing quality tennis in the tournament, and she’s up against Serena who was off colour in her last two matches
1832 hrs IST: Sporting shades of blue, defending champion Serena Williams walks out to a loud cheer
1830 hrs IST: Garbine Muguruza and Serena Williams walk out for the women’s singles final. We are moments away from the first game
1829 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Djokovic is preparing for his Sunday final against Andy Murray
.@DjokerNole practicing both his dancing skills and his deadly backhand return ahead of tomorrow’s final. #RG16 pic.twitter.com/bRbBpavs0h
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) 4 June 2016
1828 hrs IST: Serena Williams takes on Garbine Muguruza in the women’s singles final. Will the world no.1 lift her 22nd Grand Slam today?
Can Serena Williams win her 22nd Grand Slam title?
— Express Sports (@IExpressSports) 4 June 2016
THE BUILD UP:
Garbine Muguruza’s chances of winning her maiden grand slam title — and achieving the rare feat of beating Serena Williams twice in three years at Roland Garros, may well depend on which version of the world number one turns up on Sunday.
Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza reached her second grand slam final when she beat Australian Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-4 in the semi-finals of the French Open on Friday.