Elena Rybakina

‘It was amazing’ – Serena Williams dumped out of French Open after defeat to Elena Rybakina

Elena Rybakina produced a career best performance to defeat Serena Williams and book her place in the French Open last eight. 

It’s Rybakina’s second French Open and she will play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in her first quarter-final. “I’m really happy with this match and how the tournament is going. I’m just trying to do my best and prepare for the next match.” Rybakina said in her post-match interview.

The 21-year-old surrendered a 4-1 lead in the opening set, but secured a late break to take the opening set 6-3.

Both players traded breaks in the second set as Williams stepped it up, however the young Kazakh produced a stunning return game at 5-5 to break the Williams serve, before serving it out for the biggest win of her career.

“Yes I’m so happy with my match today. It was amazing and thank you so much for coming and watching today.”

“Of course I was nervous, even in the last game I was not serving well. I’m happy I was able to control my thoughts and win today.”

Rybakina will play Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday in the last eight in Paris.

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