Serena Williams’ hopes of equalling Margaret Court docket’s file of 24 Grand Slam titles was dashed after she was defeated by 21-year-old Elena Rybakina on the French Open.
Within the fourth spherical contest, Rybakina thrashed Serena 6-3, 7-5 to progress into the subsequent spherical.
Serena, 39, was outmuscled by the Kazakh, who will now search to make the most of an open ladies’s draw.
She did all the things attainable to raise her stage however as an alternative grew to become the newest top-10 seed to depart the ladies’s singles.
Her subsequent likelihood to equal Court docket’s Grand Slam singles titles shall be at Wimbledon which can come up 28 June.
“It was positively shut,” the three-time French Open winner mentioned. “There’s actually some extent right here, some extent there, that would change the entire course of the match.
“I’m not profitable these factors – they may actually change all the things.”