In 2014 Serena Williams turned up at Roland Garros as defending champion. 2013 was the first time Serena had been successful in Paris since 2002.
Serena powered past home wildcard Alize Lim 6-2 6-1 but then came up against what turned out to be an incredible tough, confident and determined 20 year old Garbine Muguruza.
Muguruza was just making her second tour appearance at Roland Garros but soon settled on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Both players navigated their way through their opening service games without too much of an issue but around the eigth minute at 1-1 40-15 things unravelled for Serena on serve.
A lucky net cord winner went the way of the Spaniard and it was a surprise to hear Serena so vocal about something like this early on as the world number one screamed at disbelief. Serena went onto lose three more consecutive points on serve following a service return winner from Muguruza was a break down.
Garbine Muguruza continued to go toe to toe in the baseline rallies with Serena, broke the defending champion again and went onto seal the set 6-2 in 32 minutes following an error from Serena.
The net cord favoured the Spaniard again as the same theme continued in the second set with the two battling hard on the baseline but at the net Serena fell short throughout.
Up a double break the Spaniard squandered a potential 4-0 lead giving Serena a look into the set but the world number one was pressed into a service break to love.
Muguruza suddenly found herself in the same situation down 0-40 but went onto hold and went onto win 6-2 6-2 winning both sets in a mirrored 32 minutes each!
The performance from Garbine was simply sensational and brave. Not many players especially at the age of 20 will take on someone like Serena Williams quite like Garbine did.
Despite being a fan of Serena over the years I appreciate an exceptional performance and this defined that.
Muguruza was brave but confident in her game plan. She continued to hit with incredible depth.
Looking back at the match highlights the depth bothered Serena who was left a few times looking down towards the baseline in disbelief at the consistency Muguruza peppered the American’s defence.
You can see above the depth off both strokes was faultless but it was that backhand down the middle of the court which for me caused the most problems. The backhand was deep and just skidded through the court, it didn’t sit up and it wasn’t a shot Serena could build and that for me was the key in this remarkable performance.