King says Murguruza’s win heralds a new era
Billie Jean King heralded Garbine Muguruza’s French Open victory as a changing of the guard in women’s tennis.
The Spaniard produced a stunning display of power hitting at Roland Garros to defeat defending champion Serena Williams 7-5 6-4 before collecting the trophy from King.
At 22, Muguruza joins two- time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova as the only slam winners born in the 1990s. “The changing of the guard is starting,” said King, a 12-time Grand Slam champion. “She’s the one everyone’s been talking about, for two years anyway. The kid’s got such power and she wants it. Her backhand’s just phenomenal, and her forehand too.
“Twenty-two is a perfect age. I won my first Wimbledon at 22. She’ll have a chance now to keep that up instead of winning big when you’re 17 and you can’t handle anything.
“You can just tell this is very good timing for what she’s going to handle off the court as well because now there’s pressures off the court that she’s never had.”
Commenting on Williams, King added: “I don’t know if it’s physical but something’s not right. Maybe grass will pep her up a little.”