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 conquered Williams 7-5, 6-4 to catch her first Grand Slam title. She’s the first Spanish woman to win a major title since 1998.
Muguruza took it to the defending champ, matching her intensity and heavy-hitting to order play. Williams, facing off against an adversary 12 years her junior and fighting with an adductor injury, struggled with her motion.
Williams and Murugurza opened the match as each showed off their impressive serves, blazing. It would take until the fifth game for Muguruza to get 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 refused on the third try, sending a strong backhand back.
Muguruza continued her momentum into the second set, marching out to a 3-1 lead and appearing poised to take the match. Down 5-3 in the second set, Williams staved off four match points to push on to a 10th game. But serving for the match, Muguruza would come through, holding on and winning on a perfectly placed lob shot that dropped inside the lines.
Saturday’s win was Muguruza’s second over Williams in Paris, as she knocked her out of the second round in 2014.
For the third straight major, Williams’ bid for a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam singles title will have to wait. Williams lost Roberta Vinci in the 2015 U.S. Open and dropped to Angelique Kerber earlier this year in Melbourne.