French Open 2016 women’s singles final, Garbine Muguruza vs Serena Williams: As it happened

Garbine Muguruza beats Serena Williams in the French Open 2016 women's singles final for her maiden Grand Slam title.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2016 12:45 pm
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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

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

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?

THE BUILD UP:

Indifferent Serena Williams gives Garbine Muguruza hope

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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.

Muruguza in first Paris final, to face Serena Williams 

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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.

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