Serena William’s participation in the French Open 2021 has been repressed as the three-time champion, was defeated in straight sets by Elena Rybakina, the 21st seed, in the last 16 at Roland Garros, terminating her pursuit for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title.
Before her elimination from the tournament, Serena was one of only three top-10 players left in the women’s draw in the French open 2021, but her drive to surpass Margaret Court’s record total of titles is still on hold after her latest try failed in a 77-minute loss on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Rybakina, who was competing in her first ever last-16 match at a major tournament, overwhelmed the seventh seed to win 6-3 7-5, establishing a new Grand Slam finalist from the lowest half of the draw.
The 21-year-old was regarded as a quality opponent, and she exhibited the form that propelled her to four WTA singles finals and a Top 20 ranking early in 2020, putting on a daring display to achieve her career’s biggest triumph.
In the first set, the talented youngster from Kazakhstan had four double faults, but Williams managed to break through the first serve, and Rybakina converted both break points she was offered to win the set 6-3.
With an early break in the second, the world No. 21 strengthened her hold on the match, but Williams replied impressively, conjuring up four consecutive winners and launching a run of 9 straight points.
Rybakina, on the other hand, was unfazed by her opposition’s baseline prowess, reclaiming the momentum with another break to lead 4-3, provoking the 23-time Grand Slam champion to throw her arms up in frustration.
Williams added to the suspense by attacking Rybakina’s second serve to level the set, but Rybakina endured, launching a barrage of blazing groundstrokes to go to the verge of success in the 11th game with a break to love.
Early in set two, the 39-year-old showed glimpses of her explosive ability, but she was mainly overpowered by Rybakina, who tallied 21 winners to move to the last eight without conceding a set.