Serena Williams stunned by Elena Rybakina at the French Open

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Williams’ defeat means his quest to match Margaret Courtroom’s 24-game Grand Slam document 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 slightly enthusiastic about altering surfaces, however I’ve executed fairly properly on grass traditionally,” mentioned Williams, who’s a seven-time Wimbledon singles champion.

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

Russian-born Rybakina modified nationality to signify Kazakhstan in 2018, securing “extra help” 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 recreation, it was improbable,” mentioned 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When Williams received his first Grand Slam title on the US Open in 1999, Rybakina was solely two months outdated.

“It is exhausting to anticipate something, since you watch on TV and it is fully totally different once you step onto the pitch and really feel the facility and all the things,” mentioned the world quantity 22.

“I knew it might be tough for me to return the serve. She is highly effective, however I used to be prepared. Then after a couple of factors I felt relaxed, 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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