Jelena Rybakina won 6:3, 7:5 in just 79 minutes. She has only lost to Serena Williams twice in the last three games. The Russian woman, who has been representing Kazakhstan since 2019, entered the Grand Slam quarter-finals for the first time, after the third round was an insurmountable obstacle for her.
When Williams played at the French Open for the first time, Rebakina was not yet born. But at the moment of the greatest victory of her career, she showed her due performance when bidding farewell to the great champion: she waited with joy until Williams was ejected from the court. Then there was no burst of intense joy, but calm satisfaction. Although the victory is undisputed. Rebakina used her strengths-good service, certainty behind the line-to leave Serena as little as possible to control the game. Only in the second set 4:3 lead, emotions once prevailed, she lost her confidence, she had to start to make up for the loss. But it went fast. The game was supposed to take place at the border, but the decisive moment belonged to Rybakina. And this is perhaps the most surprising thing: Serena was out after a summer temperature game, very ordinary.
Serena’s Grand Slam champion stopped at 23 years old 4.5 years ago, before their daughter took a timeout. Williams is a victory that tied Margaret Court’s record, and it may remain that way. In Paris, it is difficult to expect how far Williams can go. Even in its glorious years, she least liked the surface (and she still won three victories here). The fourth round is to try as much as possible on the performance of the meal, even if the championship bracket is quite favorable for Serena. It can even be said that Williams was surprised by her regularity in the first round and only played one match with Monica Buzarnescu in the second round. But the ending is still expected. Rybakina will compete in the semifinals with Anastasia Pavliuczenkowa. Rywalka just eliminated Wiktoria Azarenka, the former Aryna Sabalenka, but in this semi-final, the chances will be equal.
Another player in the top ten was eliminated in Paris, leaving only two to participate in the competition: Iga Wi±tek and Sofia Kenin, who were finalists last year. In the WTA top 20, besides them, only Maria Sakari.