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Serena Williams stunned by Elena Rybakina at French Open

Williams’ defeat means her quest to equal Margaret Court’s file of 24 grand slams continues.

The American, who misplaced 6-3 7-5 to Rybakina, hasn’t made it previous the fourth spherical on the clay at Roland Garros since 2016.

She will now flip her consideration to Wimbledon — the third grand slam of the season — which is performed on grass and begins on June 28.

“I’m sort of excited to modify surfaces, however traditionally I’ve completed fairly properly on grass,” stated Williams, who’s a seven-time Wimbledon singles champion.

“I’ve completed fairly properly on clay too. Just not this explicit season.”

Serena Williams congratulates Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina at the end of their women's singles fourth round match at the French Open.
Russian-born Rybakina modified her nationality to signify Kazakhstan in 2018, within the course of securing “larger help” from the Kazakh Tennis Federation, according to the WTA.

Her victory over Williams ensured the 21-year-old Rybakina superior to her first grand slam quarterfinal.

“I’m so proud of my match, it was superb,” stated Rybakina, who will now play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a semifinal spot.

“I used to be small, after all I used to be watching her matches on TV,” added Rybakina of Williams.

When Williams received her first grand slam title at the US Open in 1999, Rybakina was simply two months previous.

“It’s troublesome to count on something, since you watch on TV and that is fully totally different while you come on court docket and you’re feeling the facility and every thing,” stated the world No. 22.

“I knew that the serve was going to be troublesome for me to return. She’s highly effective, however I used to be prepared. Then after few factors I felt it comfy, so nothing.”

Elena Rybakina returns the ball to Serena Williams of the US during their women's singles fourth round match.
Earlier on Sunday, Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open as he seeks to guard his knee following two operations in 2020.

Federer is focusing on a ninth Wimbledon title on his favourite grass court docket floor later this month.

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