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Published: 15:21 | 4/6/16

Muguruza wins French Open

Spaniard beats Serena Williams 7-5 6-4 at Roland Garros

Spain's Garbine Muguruza beat Serena Williams of the United States 7-5 6-4 in the French Open final at Roland Garros to secure a maiden Grand Slam title.

World number one Williams missed out on a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title, as fourth seed Muguruza prevailed in only her second major final.

Defending champion Williams went down in straight sets to miss out on equalling the Open-era record set by Germany's Steffi Graf in Paris 17 years ago.

Muguruza, who inflicted the heaviest Grand Slam defeat on Williams when winning 6-2 6-2 in the second round at Roland Garros in 2014, took the first set 7-5 despite losing three games in a row to go 5-4 down.

Williams saved four championship points on her own serve in the ninth game of the second set, but Muguruza then served out to love to win the second set 6-4.

The 22-year-old, who lost the Wimbledon final to Williams last year, is Spain's first female champion at Roland Garros since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998.

"I'm so, so excited - to play in a Grand Slam against one of the best players, it's the perfect final," Muguruza said afterwards.

"I'm so happy. I had to be very ready and concentrated on all the points and just to fight as much as I can. All the matches I've played against her helped me.

"It's our favourite tournament in Spain and I want to thank all my Spanish supporters."

Williams refused to blame an adductor injury and the fact that she had to play four matches in four days for the defeat.

"I could have served better. I made a lot of errors on my return. I’m not one to ever make excuses and say, like, Oh, my adductor was hurting or whatever. I think at the end of the day I didn’t play the game I needed to play to win and she did.”

“I have played a lot of times four or five matches in a row so it is what it is,” she said.

“I don’t think it’s something that I would say, oh, that was the reason. No, I just didn’t do what I needed to do today."

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