Serena Williams was eliminated in the fourth round of Roland Garros 2021, by Elena Rybakina, thus putting an end, for now, to the dream / nightmare called 24th Slam. And this despite her side-draw was completely open, she wasted a colossal opportunity.
But Serena seemed completely out of shape, out of phase, with the service completely blacked out. The Kazakh, on the other hand, thanks to the very strong contribution of the serve and above all to a more solid tactical plan from the baseline, simplistically wins the most important points.
Even if she doesn't immediately take advantage of a break advantage in the heart of the first set. Rybakina, in a decidedly more complicated second set, breaks the balance at 4-5 with a 12-2 run and seals one of her most prestigious career victories at 6-3 7-5.
Waiting for her will be Anastasia Pavlyuchenova, who instead recovers a set of disadvantage to Viktoria Azarenka. After an initial unsuccessful passage, the Russian tennis player confirms the state of grace after the semifinal reached in Madrid and returns to the top 8 on Bois de Boulogne after ten years.