French Open: Day 14 Round-up

Tennis

ByTheMinTennis

Ladies Final Day. Serena Williams v Garbine Muguruza. It might be cold, grey and overcast but it wasn’t raining…

So we got going with the ladies final and boy was it a tight affair. The first set lasted nearly an hour, which should tell you something. Both players held serve- Serena slightly more comfortably in the opening stages.

Muguruza was playing better in the rallies though- her power hitting and movement is really suited to clay and she was showing no signs of being over awed by the occasion. In the end, it was the Spaniard who took the first set 7-5.

She immediately moved a break up in the second set too- before the fighting Serena we all know came back onto court and broke back. Serena was massively helped by Muguruza’s shaky serving- including a bunch of double faults.

That knock back could have shaken some players but not Garbine- she broke Serena again to move ahead and wasn’t about to let the opportunity slip. Serena’s movement seemed dodgy and she certainly was below her best but take nothing away from Muguruza- she was ruthless in that second set, hitting forehand and backhand winners and tracking everything down.

Muguruza missed a couple of match points but eventually she sealed the title with a fantastic lob- her maiden slam was taken 7-5 6-4

So is this a changing of the guard, or will Serena be back, fitter and stronger on her favoured surface? In her press conference she said she had been struggling with an abductor issue…

But take nothing away from Muguruza- a star is born. And based on last year, she is no slouch on the grass either!

This wasn’t the only final today- the men’s doubles was also on the schedule. Marc Lopez/Feliciano Lopez v the Bryan brothers.

The Spaniards started very well- Feliciano looked incredibly solid on serve and the Bryans by contrast seemed shaky. The Spanish duo won some epic rallies and took the first set 6-4.