The Roland Garros history books has a new name enlisted in it. 22 year old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza has won her first of potentially many Grand Slam titles with a 7-5 6-4 win over world number one Serena Williams.
Back in 2014 Muguruza made her name at Roland Garros with a straight sets win against Serena Williams in one of the early rounds and since then the Spaniard has gone onto greater things. Muguruza made last year’s Wimbledon final however she was defeated by Serena Williams who hasn’t won a major since and now Muguruza has claimed her first and will be world number two for the very first time on Monday.
I said in my preview I want Serena to win to reach 22 majors but I felt this would be Garbine’s day, she is playing the better tennis at the moment on a consistent basis throughout the tournament whereas Serena’s quarter final and semi-final matches were a bit of a rollercoaster.
This is just the beginning for Muguruza and maybe this is the beginning of changing of the guard at the top of women’s tennis. The year hadn’t really been going to plan for Muguruza before Roland Garros failing to find any momentum or a title before she touched down in Paris but throughout the two weeks she has been ruthless and deserves to win her first title.
The tough thing now is keeping that momentum going and keeping your feet on the ground. We’ve seen young players time and time again win majors or make the finals and struggle to build on that success in the future but I have a feeling the Spaniard will be a force to reckon with for quite some time at the top!