Serena Williams loses to Rybakina in fourth round of French Open
Williams recovered from an early service break in the opening set but Rybakina responded superbly to break again and pocket the opener in a confident fashion.
Serena Williams’ wait for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title goes on after the American was beaten 6-3 7-5 by an inspired Elena Rybakina in the French Open fourth round on Sunday.
From the moment the 21-year-old Rybakina, playing in only her seventh Grand Slam main draw, held her opening two service games without dropping a point, Williams looked in peril.
And so it proved as Williams bowed out to add yet another twist to a wildly unpredictable women’s event.
With so many big names have fallen, including Victoria Azarenka early in the day, a prospective quarter-final opponent for Williams, the path to the final looked enticing.
But Williams, whose last Grand Slam title came in 2017 at the Australian Open, was unable to find her A-game.
The 39-year-old recovered from an early service break in the opening set but Rybakina responded superbly to break again and pocket the opener in a confident fashion.