Serena Williams lost 6-3 7-5 to Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday.
The 39-year-old American who lusted after 24 yearse The Grand Slam title of his career, was filled after just 1 hour and 17 minutes of playing on the clay court at Court Philippe Chatrier.
Kazakh, 21e Ranked, he never reached the fourth round of a major in his career. The 21-year-old still hasn’t received a set at this tournament.
Williams co-starred with Roland Garros for the first time in 1998, a year before Rybakina was born.
“When I was young, I would watch her matches on TV. She won many Grand Slams,” Rybakina said.
The latter delighted the American’s serve in the penultimate match of the second set, before serving quietly into the match.
“I’m going because sending him would be hard to come back. Rybakina noticed she was strong, but I was ready. After a few points, I felt good.”
Williams has not won a major title since 2017. So far she has set a career record of 13-0 against representatives from Kazakhstan.
“I’m so close. It plays at some point here and there a certain point. Williams said it could turn the whole game around. I don’t earn those points.”
Rybakina will meet in the quarter-finals with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
The 29-year-old Russian has already reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but has never found herself in the quarter-finals of her career.
Former world number one Azarenka saved two break points before winning the first set, on a sunny day at Court Philippe Chatrier.
The Belarusian raised the tone at one point in the match: she received a penalty for taking too long to put the ball into play in the third game of the final set. This punishment was imposed on Azarenka when the wind blew on the land.
Zidanek makes history
Earlier in the day, Tamara Zidansek became the first Slovenian to reach the quarter-finals of a major tournament on Sunday after defeating Romanian Sorana Kirstia 7-6 (4), 6-1.
Zidancic got on his knees and put his hands in front of his face after converting his first game point with a winning forehand.
Before the tournament started, 23-year-old Zidansek did not take the measure of the world’s top 10 player.
His previous best Grand Slam result was the second round match at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She lost twice in the first round of the French Open.
The previous best result for a Slovenian player was Katarina Srebotnik, who finished in the fourth round of Roland Garros and the US Open.
On the other hand, Spain’s Paula Padusa qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time in her career after defeating 20th seed Marketa Vondrosova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
In the doubles competitions, Canadians Leela Annie Fernandez and Gabriela Dabrowski bowed 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the third round, ahead of Czech Katerina Sinyakova and second seed Barbora Krejsikova.