Serena Williams suffers a surprise defeat to Elena Rybakina in the fourth round of the French Open as the 24th Grand Slam title awaits
- Serena Williams was defeated by Elena Rybakina in the fourth round of the French Open
- Williams looked solid in her first three games but suffered a shocking defeat
- Rybakina triumphed with a 6-3 7-5 win and now wants to go all out
Serena Williams’ quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles title continues after Elena Rybakina’s fourth round defeat at the French Open.
Williams had entered the tournament with low expectations and had looked solid in her first three games, and with big names falling by the wayside, the American climbed the list of title favorites.
She went into the game against her 21-year-old Kazakh opponent as the only top-20 player in the bottom half, but an unexpected finalist is now guaranteed after Williams are defeated by a 6-3 7-5 defeat.
Serena Williams suffered a shocking defeat when she was beaten 6-3 7-5 by Elena Rybakina
Rybakina managed to win the fourth round of the French Open with a determined display
As reported by the guardRybakina said, “I was nervous, but I’m just glad I managed my mind and everything and won today.”
Rybakina was not born when Williams made her Roland Garros debut, but a brilliant start to 2020 marked her as a potential big challenger.
She hasn’t shown the same form this season and this was her first time through to the last 16 in a slam, but she played a calm and controlled match on the biggest stage of her life.
Rybakina’s big serve and powerful forehand often proved too much for Williams, who played well but lacked precision at key moments.
Williams kept in touch with Rybakina in the second set, but was vulnerable at times
Rybakina took the lead early and broke with a 3-1 lead, and although Williams responded with a 3-4 breakback, she dropped the serve immediately and young Kazak took the set on her fourth chance.
The second set followed a similar pattern, with Williams keeping in touch with Rybakina but being vulnerable every time her opponent found her strike zone.
A final break to 6-5 proved key – Rybakina looked unnerving as she converted her first match point.
Williams can at least take a good week of match training to Wimbledon, which is certainly her best shot at finally claiming that elusive 24th.