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