The June 4, 2016, the Spanish-venezuelan Garbiñe Muguruza he achieved a sensational victory in the International Championships of France, exceeding by 7-5 and 6-4 to the world number one, the american Serena Williams at the end of Roland Garros.
Muguruza, with dual nationality, but that months before had decided to definitely choose to represent Spain, the country in which was formed as a tennis player, became the first woman born in south america to win the Grand Slam in paris.
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, tricampeona in Paris, was an eye-witness from the first row of the loge of the presidency, of the victory of Garbiñe. After an hour and 43 minutes of play, a tight globe of Garbiñe overcame the climb to the red of Serena. After some suspense, because the referee took time to sing the end of the match, Muguruza fell to the ground with hands covering his face. He joined quickly, and threw his racket to the ground before being embraced by the u.s., which was trying to match the mark of 22 Grand Slam titles of the German Steffi Graf.
The Spanish – venezuelan
She became the first woman born in south america to win the Grand Slam in paris.
Jean Gachassin, president of the French Federation of Tennis, had decided that outside the u.s., Billie Jean King, champion of the tournament in 1972, in charge of delivering the Cup Suzanne Lenglen to the new champion of Roland Garros. Muguruza was with his victory to the second position in the world ranking, behind the own Serena. His success there caught the front page of many global newspapers, reserved for one of the myths of the sport, Mohammad Ali, who passed away early that morning in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“It’s a victory, brilliant, and devoted to my family, for all the sacrifices they have made my parents not watching their kids. It is a victory of the Spanish tennis, but also of the venezuelan,” said Garbiñe Muguruza. “It is difficult to explain this time, as well as two or three seconds without knowing if my balloon had entered or not. When the referee gave it as well, I fell to the ground like a little girl. This tournament is supposed to fulfill a dream. I can already cross off Roland Garros of my list of goals,” he added.
Praise of Serena to the tennis Garbiñe
Quite cabizbaja, Serena Williams analyzed in the press room of his defeat with compliments to the tennis Garbiñe. “I think the fundamental difference in the party has been that she has played much better the important points. It is evident that it has a huge future ahead of it, because it has shown that is capable of playing at high level just in the important scenarios”, explained the american.
Serena Williams knew what he was saying, because what he had experienced, and with extreme hardness, two years before in that same scenario. In the second round of Roland Garros 2014, Garbiñe, who before the game had said “I think that as I play, without having to fear thinking that it is Serena, and trying to impose my pace”, he defeated the world number one by a double 6-2. Serena Williams, after congratulating to Garbiñe, she told the network “if you continue playing like that, sure you will win some day this tournament.”
In the second round of Roland Garros, 2014
Serena Williams, after congratulating to Garbiñe, she told the network “if you continue playing like that, sure you will win some day this tournament,”
The first contact of Muguruza with the tracks of Roland Garros was in 2010, when, after overcoming the previous phase, reached the second round of testing junior in which he was defeated by the Ukrainian Kichenok. Two years later, Garbiñe he tried his first assault on the main box. He won his first two rounds of the previous phase before the Russian Ekaterina Bychkova and the Ukrainian Elena Svitolina, but stood at the door of the target after being surpassed by Lara Arruabarrena.
Garbiñe won in 2013 his first game at the big picture of Roland Garros, after beating on his debut Karolina Pliksova in three sets, to be eliminated in the second by Jelena Jankovic. And in 2014, after the sensational victory against Serena, the spaniard confirmed that he had a great future ahead of him, reaching the quarterfinals in the one that took a set to the future champion, russia’s Maria Sharapova. It was a promising Roland Garros, as alongside Carla Suárez, was a semifinalist in the doubles.
In 2015, as head of series 21 of the box individual, Muguruza chained notable victories over Petra Martic, Camilla Giorgi, Angelike Kerber and Flavia Pennnetta, but was caught in two sets in the quarterfinals by Lucie Safarova. Three weeks later, confirming his love affair with the great scenarios, Garbiñe reached the final in brilliant fashion the Wimbledon. Serena Williams prevented him from picked up the golden plate of Venus at the All England Club, but Garbiñe learned a lot from that game.
In 2015, as head of series 21 of the box individual, Muguruza chained notable victories over Petra Martic
The season on clay prior to Roland Garros 2016, Garbiñe started in Lleida, winning with authority in its first two matches of the Fed Cup against the Italian Francesca Schiavone and Roberta Vinci. In Stuttgart and Madrid, in spite of its condition as a fourth player in the world, Garbiñe fell eliminated in the second round, and he closed his preparation reached the semi-finals of Rome.
“Roland Garros is very special for the spaniards. It is like our second home. While I do what I do, gives me an equal with whom to touch me,” said Garbiñe after being raffled off as the head of the fourth series and knowing that their first opponent would be the Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Garbiñe had a tough match. Lost the first set, 6-3, (the dessert is the only set he would lose in the tournament), to win the next two by a double 6-3. From then on, playing no-holds-barred, attacking the ball with all his strength, Garbiñe gave no option to French Myrtille Georges (6-2 and 6-0), the belgian Yanina Wickmayer (6-3, 6-0) and in the final round on the always a tough nut to crack in Paris, the Russian formed in Barcelona, and the champion in 2009, Svetlana Kuznetsova by 6-3 and 6-4.
“I’m very happy, it has been a very tough match. Svetlana is a player with a lot of experience and it would have been risky to spend more time on the track,” said Garbiñe after their pass to the quarterfinals. Now start a new tournament, and I’ll have to raise the level of my tennis to keep going,” he added.
The season on clay prior to Roland Garros 2016, Garbiñe started in Lleida, winning with authority in its first two matches of the Fed Cup against the Italian Francesca Schiavone and Roberta Vinci
The amazing american Shelby Rogers, nicknamed ‘Cinderella’ by the press, as was the 108 world, and the last tennis player by ranking have qualified for Roland Garros, was the rival of Garbiñe in the round of the top 8. Rogers had eliminated three seeded as Karolina Pliskova (17), Petra Kvitova (10) and Irina-Stretcher Begu (24), and with 5-4 and serve had a ball set in the first partial face Garbiñe, but the Spanish ended up to win by 7-5 and 6-3.
“In the difficult moment, I demonstrated that I knew endure and resist,” said Garbiñe satisfied by their pass to the semi-finals. His opponent, happy in spite of all of his work in Paris, was very clear about the possibilities of Garbiñe. “It is aggressive, likes to dictate and control the point. He did it all very well, and now you have so many options like the most,” said the american.
Finalist in 2010 in Roland Garros against Francesca Schiavone, and a champion of the US Open in 2011, beating Serena Williams, the australian Samantha Stosur, became the rival of Muguruza in the semi-finals. On the track Suzanne Lenglen, in just 75 minutes, Garbiñe showed their superiority against the australian, who he defeated by 6-2 and 6-4 and qualify for the final against Serena, who beat Kiki Bertens 7-6 and 6-4.
“I’ve gone wrong before Stosur of so eager that I had to get to the end. I depend on myself to Serena,” said Muguruza, before the end. And depended absolutely on it, in a match in which Serena played well, but their powerful ground strokes were offset with increased virulence by the Spanish. Never the american had found in their own medicine in a game so transcendent.