Tennis Williams from Rybakina stunned in the fourth round of the French Open
© Reuters. Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – 6 June 2021 Serena Williams from the USA in action during her fourth round match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS / Sarah Meyssonnier
PARIS (Reuters) – Serena Williams (NYSE 🙂 ‘Waiting for a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam individual title continues after the American won 6-3 7-5 in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday from an inspired Elena Rybakina was beaten.
From the moment the 21-year-old Rybakina, who only played in her seventh Grand Slam peloton, played her first two service games without losing points, Williams looked in danger.
And so it turned out that seventh-placed Williams was eliminated to give another twist to a wildly unpredictable women’s event.
After so many big names fell, including early morning Victoria Azarenka, a potential quarter-final opponent for Williams, the path to the final looked tempting.
But Williams, whose last Grand Slam title was won at the Australian Open in 2017, could not find her A game.
However, she remained philosophical about the defeat, saying that her expectations for the tournament were not high.
“I’m in a much better place than here,” the American told reporters.
“You know, I was literally trying to win a game because it was a really difficult season for me on the sand. Though I love the sand, I thought if I could just win a game that I somehow got in. “
39-year-old Williams never really found her reach, but she did recover from an early break in serving in the opening set.
However, a fearless Rybakina who won Williams’ 21-15 throughout the competition responded superbly to break again and take the prelude with ease.
The calm and accurate Rybakina, seeded 21, broke the Williams serve 3: 3 in the second set, but immediately dropped her own when she gave the first sign of nervousness.
It was Williams, who had made the last sixteen in a slam for the 64th time, but it had stalled. She looked hesitant and sluggish and dropped her serve on Love in the next game.
Rybakina, who was born in Moscow but represents Kazakhstan, then calmly served the biggest win of her career when Williams smashed a backhand after an hour and 17 minutes.
Her reaction was muted and she later explained her mindset as she went into the match.
“I’m following the plan we have. If it works well, I’ll win, and if it doesn’t, I’ll just learn from the games. It’s all like experience to me,” she said.
As Williams Court left Philippe Chatrier, she bent down to pick up some clay dust – an indication that she was running out of time to add her three French Open titles.
However, she will arrive as one of the favorites at Wimbledon as she tries to keep up with Margaret Court’s 24 individual Grand Slam titles. Williams downplayed suggestions, her gesture bidding farewell to Roland Garros.
“I definitely don’t think about it at all,” she said. “I’m definitely only thinking about other things, not about that.”
Rybakina will face number 31 seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a place in the semi-finals after the Russian had previously defeated the 15th seeded Azarenka with 5-7 6-3 6-2.