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Serena Williams out of French Open after straight-sets loss to Elena Rybakina

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Serena Williams is out of the French Open after a two-set loss to 21-year-old Elena Rybakina within the fourth spherical at Roland Garros.

The defeat ends Williams’ quest so as to add to her 23 Grand Slam titles, after Kazakhstan’s Rybakina earned a cultured 6-3, 7-5 win.

Though disillusioned to exit the French Open, Williams is aware of her finest probability of including to her historic Grand Slam whole is on sooner surfaces later within the yr.

“I’m in a significantly better place than after I obtained right here,” she mentioned.

“You already know, simply actually attempting to win a match, as a result of it had been a very troublesome season for me on the clay.

“And though I like the clay, I used to be, like, if I may simply win a match.

“I am sort of excited to modify surfaces. Traditionally I’ve executed fairly properly on grass.”

Williams’ exit got here simply hours after Roger Federer withdrew from the event.

After incomes a hard-fought third-round win over Dominik Koepfer in a four-set contest that ended at 1 a.m., Federer mentioned he wanted to get better in time for a tilt at Wimbledon later within the month.

“After discussions with my workforce, I’ve determined I might want to pull out of the French Open in the present day,” Federer mentioned in an announcement.

“After two knee surgical procedures and over a yr of rehabilitation it’s vital that I take heed to my physique and ensure I don’t push myself too shortly on my highway to restoration.

“I’m thrilled to have gotten three matches below my belt. There isn’t a better feeling than being again on court docket.”

Williams’ exit leaves that half of the ladies’s draw broad open.

Of the 4 gamers remaining within the quarterfinals in Williams’ half of the draw, solely Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has been past the fourth spherical of a Grand Slam.

Pavlyuchenkova got here from behind to attain a three-set win over Victoria Azarenka within the Spherical of 16, and can play Rybakina within the quarters.

The opposite quarterfinal on that aspect of the draw will see Tamara Zidansek tackle Paola Badosa.

The one prime 10 seeds left within the girls’s draw are defending champion Iga Swiatek (8) and Sofia Kenin (4).

Swiatek performs Marta Kostyuk within the fourth spherical, whereas Kenin takes on seventeenth seed Maria Sakkari.



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