Serena Williams, winner of 21 Grand Slam titles within the WTA circuit, failed in her attempt to level up Steffi Graf`s milestone, namely 22 Grand Slam titles. Williams lost the final at the French Open against young player Garbine Muguruza. The 22-years-old Tennis rising star from Spain clinched her first Grand Slam trophy at the end of a tight match 5-7 4-6. The 2016 French Open final was also some sort of payback. Last year`s Wimbledon final opposed the same two players, but back then it was Serena who came in front and snatched the title also in straight sets 6-4 6-4. As a curiosity, that particular Wimbledon final represents the last Grand Slam won by Williams.

Serena was the perfect runner-up.

At 2016 French Open, Serena moved on smoothly on her side of the main draw. As the first seeded player, she put in some serious tennis to reach her fourth French Open final. The previous three of them ended up with Williams holding the title in her hands. It happened in 2002, 2013 and 2015. In other words, it is the first time when Serena reached the final but failed to win it.By digging up a little bit more through stats and numbers, another interesting fact occurs. It is the first time that the WTA leader lost two Grand Slam finals in a row. Overall, throughout her career, Serena played 27 Grand Slam final losing only six of them. But there is still plenty of room for further improvements.

The young competitors` lust for the WTA crown it is insatiable.

During the past few years, Serena managed to hold back the competition. But this remarkable task is becoming quite impossible. There are some amazing players in the WTA top 20 able to reach the highest spot in the rankings. A list of them should definitely include the following players: Victoria Azarenka, Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, who are all currently top 10 WTA players.

Serena still leading.

Eventually, the numbers speak the finest language. According to the ranking updated today, June 6, Serena is still the WTA leader, but the gap between the first two spots in the ranking is getting narrower. Serena has8330 points,while Garbine Muguruza holds the second spot with 6766 points.

But, Serena has to defend 2000 points at the upcoming Wimbledon Championship. An early exit there might cause a massive collapse of the old regime.

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