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Serena Williams - Garbiñe Muguruza
French Open women - 4 June 2016

French Open – Follow the Tennis match between Serena Williams and Garbiñe Muguruza live with Eurosport. The match starts at 14:00 on 4 June 2016. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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Here are the highlights of the final in all their glory...

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Magnificent Muguruza!

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GAME, SET AND MATCH! - WILLIAMS 5-7 4-6 MUGURUZA. It's a maiden Grand Slam title for Garbine. She brilliantly lobs Serena to finish the match on triple championship point. She looks stunned and can't quite believe it. It's a deserved victory in a high-calibre match that lasted one hour and 43 minutes. The 22-year-old has a big future ahead of her, while Williams must wait a little longer to equal Graf's haul of 22 Grand Slam titles.

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BREAKING: MUGURUZA WINS HER FIRST GRAND SLAM TITLE!

Garbine Muguruza of Spain
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SO NEAR, YET SO FAR! 40-0 - Muguruza one point from the title...

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WILLIAMS 5-7 4-5 MUGURUZA. An extraordinary game. Serena keeps her hopes alive by the skin of her teeth. At 15-40 she's staring down the barrel at double championship point for Muguruza, but somehow gets out of jail. The Spaniard has two more chances but can't get over the line. Williams eventually holds and Muguruza needs to keep her nerve and focus here; she's serving for the title next...

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Serena being pushed to the limit. She's saved FOUR match points.... Still at deuce...

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WILLIAMS 5-7 3-5 MUGURUZA. One away... Mugu just one game away from the first Slam title of her career. It's tantalising how close it is. She starts with another double fault but ends with an ace as she holds to 15. Pressure on Serena now.

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WILLIAMS 5-7 3-4 MUGURUZA. A sixth and seventh ace of the match help Serena close out a hold to 15 to keep the pressure on the fourth seed.

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WILLIAMS 5-7 2-4 MUGURUZA. The Spaniard shrugs off another double fault on the first point of the game, producing a bold second serve to make 15-15 before racing away to keep her advantage intact. The title is two games away. Can she hold her nerve and keep an increasingly desperate Serena at bay?

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Serena Williams was in supreme form in reaching the last eight.
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WILLIAMS 5-7 2-3 MUGURUZA. Serena raises the volume of her screams and digs out an important holds. The forehand does the decisive damage as she slams it down the line to seal the game after Mugu had moved within a point of deuce from 40-0 down.

 
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WILLIAMS 5-7 1-3 MUGURUZA. The fourth seed consolidates to 30. Serena needs to start the familiar charge now or her dream of GS title 22 will be put on ice for today.

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SERVICE STATS.

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Lots of talk about Serena being better today and the injury, but it's fair to say Garbine has been the better player so far. In fact, she's been her own worst enemy at times after riding the fast start from the world number one.

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BREAK! - WILLIAMS 5-7 1-2 MUGURUZA. Breaks galore! Some quite splendid winners from Muguruza as she shrugs of her serving catastrophe to break once more. This time she does it to 15, going for her shits and reaping the rewards.

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BREAK! - WILLIAMS 5-7 1-1 MUGURUZA. A disastrous service game from Garbi. She gifts Serena the break back, firing down THREE double faults as the pressure clearly gets to her.

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No such thing as 'just five games away' when Serena Williams is the opponent...

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BREAK! - WILLIAMS 5-7 0-1 MUGURUZA. The momentum is with Garbine. The Spaniard's confidence is sky high and she immediately breaks at the start of the second to ask some big questions of the reigning champion.

Garbiñe Muguruza (Roland Garros 2016)
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A great opener from Mugu but she needs to beware a wounded Williams.

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SET! - WILLIAMS 5-7 MUGURUZA. Garbi takes the opening set after 56 minutes of high class tennis. It's a superb finale to it as Serena sees two BPs wrestled away from her by some big serving. The Spaniard comes up short when she tries to overpower Williams who digs in to saves two set points before Mugu finally shades it with a blistering backhand drive to the left corner she if facing.

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BREAK! - WILLIAMS 5-6 MUGURUZA. Tremendous power from Mugu! She wastes chances from 30-0 to allow Serena to get a foothold in the game and level, but then steps it up again. A stunning backhand down the line concludes a top-class rally before a similarly explosive crosscourt forehand seals the break. She'll now serve for the set.

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WILLIAMS 5-5 MUGURUZA. Pressure? What pressure? A big serve and a wildly erratic forehand wide by Williams put Muguruza in control. A crosscourt return winner from the world number one gives the fourth seed something to think about but she responds with a stunning forehand winner down the line that wrongfoots the American. Strong nerve from Garbi.

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WILLIAMS 5-4 MUGURUZA. Serena has the scoreboard advantage. A 30-0 lead evaporates into a nervy moment at 30-30, but she delivers a quite sensational forehand bullet down the line before making full use of the big serve to edge in front. Garbi serving to stay in the set next.

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BREAK! - WILLIAMS 4-4 MUGURUZA. The world number one gets off to a bright start snaring the first point but lets out a bizarre shriek as she miscues in the next rally, encapsulating her irritation at how the set has panned out. It helps fire her up though, as she cranks up the heat and tees up BP with a terrific crosscourt forehand. The big-hitting rallies are now in full flow and Muguruza crashes just long and sees her advantage slip away. All square.

Serena Williams will look to equal Steffi Graf's Grand Slam record after defeating Kiki Bertens in straight sets (AP)
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WILLIAMS 3-4 MUGURUZA. Serena bites back with a slick service game to 15. Just the one break in what is proving to be a highly entertaining showdown.

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VIDEO: That Muguruza winner to consolidate!

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WILLIAMS 2-4 MUGURUZA. Mugu doing it the hard way. She wobbles with a pair of double faults to give Serena hope of an immediate break back, but then rattles through four points and concludes with a bullet of a forehand winner down Williams' left flank.

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BREAK! - WILLIAMS 2-3 MUGURUZA. As is so often the case, Muguruza defends for her life - and then pounces! She roars to triple break point and while Serena saves two with some fierce serving, the American goes for it too much on her next delivery and crashes down a double fault to give the fourth seed the first breakthrough. Williams had looked imperious and on the money up to this point. Credit to Garbi for digging in when it could easily have been 4-0 heading into that game...

Garbiñe Muguruza
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WILLIAMS 2-2 MUGURUZA. That should help settle Mugu's nerves. The fourth seed sees 30-0 become 30-40 in the blink of an eye as the 21-time Slam champion scorches a crosscourt winner down her left flank. She saves it with some power play of her own and then staves off a second with an ace. It's a real test for the Spaniard but she survives. How crucial could it prive to be?

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The calm before the big-hitting storm?

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WILLIAMS 2-1 MUGURUZA. Another rapid-fire service game for Serena. Given the reports of her injury leading up to the match, these short points are ideal for her. She skips to a 40-0 lead and although Mugu corks a backhand winner down the line, she fires just long on the next point.

Serena Williams
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WILLIAMS 1-1 MUGURUZA. Garbi offers a glimpse of her big serve - but also gets a warning of what will happen if she doesn't deliver as Serena sizzles a return winner past her to make 40-30. The reigning champion has a chance to up the ante to deuce but cracks a crosscourt attempt into the net to allow the Spaniard to hold.

 
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WILLIAMS 1-0 MUGURUZA. Quite some start for the world number one. She thunders down a series of big serves, including a superb ace, to cruise to a love hold. A statement of intent?

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Here we go; Serena to serve first. We'll have history regardless of who wins today. If Serena triumphs she'll equal Steffi Graff's haul of 22 open era titles, while a victory for Garbine would be her maiden success...

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The players have arrived on Chatrier and will now commence with their pre-match rituals and warm-up.

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Eurosport's Annabel Croft was casting an eye over Serena in her warm-up earlier. Croft said: "She really didn't look happy. I have no idea if there is a major problem there but it was a really de-energised practice session..."

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Will Serena's much-talked about adductor injury play into the hands of Garbine?

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HEAD-TO-HEAD: The players have met on four occasions prior to today. All of the showdowns have been at Grand Slam events with Serena leading 3-1 overall. The American secured a 6-4 6-4 triumph over the Spaniard in the 2015 Wimbledon final in their most recent encounter. Williams has also won twice at the Australian Open while Muguruza stunned the world number one back in 2014 when she thumped her 6-2 6-2 on the clay here in Paris. Will the surface be key to a Garbine's hopes of a first major title?

Finale: Williams contra Muguruza
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Muguruza: "Emotions can sometimes be bad when you make a final. Sometimes you just have to stay calm, prepare yourself as best you can and play with no regrets."

Garbiñe Muguruza
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Nice art work.

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Williams on the prospect of equalling Steffi Graf's haul of 22 Grand Slam titles: "If I get there it will be great. The only thing can I do is just play to win the tournament and that's it." ... If Williams wins this afternoon, it would put her two behind the Australian, Margaret Court the all-time leader.

Steffi Graf
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Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the 2016 Women's French Open final between reigning champion, Serena Williams and Spanish fourth seed, Garbine Muguruza.

Serena Williams y Garbiñe Muguruza