For Serena Williams, the wait for Grand Slam title No. 22 continues.
Garbine Muguruza upset Williams, the world No. 1, in a highly–entertaining French Open final on Saturday, claiming a 7–5, 6–4 victory on another overcast afternoon in Paris.
The victory gave Muguruza, 22, her first Slam title of her career.
Williams, who saved four match points to send the second set to a 10th game, hasn't won a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon last year. She has been on the precipice of tying Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 major titles for nearly a year.
Muguruza clinched the title on a lob winner:
Despite double faulting nine times, Muguruza only lost two service games.
Williams will get another shot at equalizing Graf’s record at Wimbledon next month. The top–ranked American has now lost two straight Slam finals after falling to Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open final.
Muguruza, the tournament’s No. 4 seed, reached the final after beating No. 21 Samantha Stosur in the semifinals.
- Stanley Kay