Muguruza dreaming of dominance after French Open victory


Garbine Muguruza is dreaming of replacing Serena Williams as the dominant force in women's tennis after beating the world number one in the French Open final to win her first grand-slam title.

Muguruza lost to Williams in her maiden major final at Wimbledon last year, but the amiable Spaniard gained revenge on Saturday with a 7-5 6-4 victory over the top seed on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The Venezuela-born 22-year-old has experienced a rapid rise and will move up two places to second in the world when the rankings are released on Monday.

And Muguruza, the first Spanish woman to win on the hallowed Roland Garros clay since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998, is hungry for more success after experiencing her finest hour in Paris on Saturday.

"Of course I'm very happy, but I'd like to have more. My dream is to continue and win more tournaments, similar tournaments, and to dominate," she said.

"When I am on the court I want to dictate my game and bring more of these cups back home."

Williams was unable to contain Muguruza, who looked very much at home as she combined power and precision with devastating effect in a classy display.

Muguruza felt the pressure of the big occasion when she lost to Williams at Wimbledon last July, but was far more composed in her second grand slam final 11 months later.

Asked if she learned from her Centre Court heartbreak, she said: "Yeah, for sure. But not only that match, all the matches I played against her. I felt I had a lot of opportunities against her, and I just thought in Wimbledon I was very nervous.

"I couldn't really control that. I can't think 'Oh, I wish I could be less nervous', but that's hard to say. I just put that aside today. I was like, 'Come on, let's go for it. Forget about the nerves', even though it's hard.

"I just had a little different mindset today."