Garbine Muguruza collapsed to the clay upon hitting the winning shot
Garbine Muguruza stormed to her first grand slam title at the French Open to leave Serena Williams waiting once again for her moment of history.
Playing in only her second slam final, Muguruza produced a sublime display of hitting to overpower the world number one and win 7-5 6-4.
Williams fought bitterly to hold onto her crown, saving four match points in a dramatic penultimate game, but Muguruza was not fazed.
When her final lob was deemed to have landed on the line, Muguruza collapsed to the clay while Williams applauded. It was all she could do.
The 22-year-old becomes the first Spanish winner at Roland Garros since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who was watching from the President’s Box, won the third of her titles in 1998.
Williams has been one short of equalling Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 slam singles titles since she beat Muguruza in last year’s Wimbledon final.
And to a semi-final defeat by Roberta Vinci at the US Open and a final loss against Angelique Kerber in Australia can now be added her first final defeat at Roland Garros.