Serena Williams stunned by Elena Rybakina at the French Open

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Williams’ defeat means his quest to match Margaret Court docket’s 24-game Grand Slam report continues.

The American, who misplaced 6-Three 7-5 to Rybakina, hasn’t made it previous the fourth spherical on clay at Roland Garros since 2016.

He’ll now flip his consideration to Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season, which is performed on grass and begins on June 28.

“I am a bit of enthusiastic about altering surfaces, however I’ve finished fairly nicely on grass traditionally,” stated Williams, who’s a seven-time Wimbledon singles champion.

“I did fairly nicely on clay too. Simply not this season specifically.”

Rybakina, born in Russia, modified nationality to characterize Kazakhstan in 2018, securing “extra assist” from the Kazakh Tennis Federation. according to the WTA.

Her win over Williams ensured 21-year-old Rybakina attain her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

“I’m so proud of my sport, it was incredible,” stated Rybakina, who will now face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a spot within the semi-finals.

“I used to be little, clearly I watched his video games on TV,” added Williams’ Rybakina.

When Williams received his first Grand Slam title on the US Open in 1999, Rybakina was solely two months previous.

“It is onerous to anticipate something, since you watch on TV and it is utterly completely different once you step onto the pitch and really feel the ability and every part,” stated the world quantity 22.

“I knew it will be troublesome for me to return the serve. She is highly effective, however I used to be prepared. Then after a number of factors I felt comfy, so nothing.”

Elena Rybakina returns the ball to Serena Williams of the United States during the women's singles fourth round match.
Earlier than Sunday, Roger Federer he retired from the French Open as he tries to guard his knee after two operations in 2020.

Federer is aiming for the ninth Wimbledon title on his favourite grass pitch later this month.

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