Williams aims for 22nd Grand Slam title

Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza

Serena Williams (left) beat Garbine Muguruza to win her sixth Wimbledon title last year

World number one Serena Williams is hoping to win a 22nd Grand Slam singles trophy in the French Open final against fourth seed Garbine Muguruza.

A win against the Spaniard, 22, would see Williams defend her title and equal the Open-era record set by Steffi Graf in Paris 17 years ago.

Saturday’s showpiece is a repeat of last year’s Wimbledon final, which Williams won in straight sets.

“If I get there it will be great,” said the 34-year-old of Graf’s record.

“The only thing I can do is just play to win the tournament and that’s it.”

Muguruza is entering only her second major final but did hand Williams her heaviest ever defeat in a Grand Slam – 6-2 6-2 in the second round at Roland Garros in 2014.

Williams said of that loss: “I learned so much from that match.

“I hate to lose, but when I do, I hope it was worth it. That match was definitely one of those that was kind of needed and worth it.”


Williams looked out-of-sorts in her semi-final against unseeded Kiki Bertens, but came through 7-6 (9-7) 6-4, while Muguruza cruised to a 6-2 6-4 win over former finalist Sam Stosur of Australia.

Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou said after her victory that the “keys of the final” are in the three-time champion’s hands.

Muguruza responded by saying: “I think that she and I are players who like dictating the game. If the coach says that the victory is in the hands of Serena, OK. He’s allowed to say that.

“But I think I’m going to fight for each point. There will be moments when she’ll be dominating, and maybe at times I will be dominating. I think I can be a tough opponent, too.”

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