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Garbine Muguruza : 5 facts about the 2016 French Open winner

The Spanish World No. 4 beat Serena Williams in the finals of the 2016 French Open.

Spanish World No. 4 Garbine Muguruza unseated reigning champion and World No. 1 Serena Williams yesterday to win the French Open title. It is the first Grand Slam title for the 22-year-old, who like many players from her country, is most adept on clay.

The fourth seed took a straight set victory over one of the greatest players of all time to take the first Major of her own career.

Here are some things you may not have known about the young player:


It is not the first time she has upset Serena Williams

Garbine Muguruza French Open 2014
Muguruza ousted Serena Williams from the French Open in 2014

Muguruza and Williams had met each other on the professional circuit 4 times before the French Open final, with the American winning 3 matches. The only time Muguruza had beat her, not only was that victory also on clay, it was at the French Open.

The pair met at Roland Garros in 2014, with Muguruza taking a 6-2, 6-2 win over Williams in the Round of 64 at the time. It was in fact this victory that put the youngster, then only 20 years old, on the map.

20-year-old Muguruza would lose in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Maria Sharapova, after managing to scalp a set off the Russian former No. 1.

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