PARIS (AP) — The French Open final between top-ranked Serena Williams and fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza has started.
Under cloudy skies and in a damp atmosphere, Williams won the first point of the match — as Muguruza sent a backhand long — and held her serve at love.
This is the second time that Muguruza and Williams are playing each other at Roland Garros. Two years ago, Williams was upset 6-2, 6-2 in the second round by her Spanish rival.
Spain's Garbine Muguruza clenches her fist as she plays Australia's Samantha Stosur during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, June 3, 2016 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
At age 34, the American is bidding to earn her 22nd major championship and equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record. She is the defending champion in Paris.
The 22-year-old Muguruza is playing in her second Grand Slam final after losing to Serena in the 2015 Wimbledon final.