Serena Williams is out of the tournament after failing to beat Rybakina in the final

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                American Serena Williams was unable to get past the quarter-finals of the Roland Garros Tennis Championships on Sunday, after losing to Kazakh Elena Rybakina, thus quitting this competition.  This is the first time that Rybakina has reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament, where she will face Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
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                                    <p>American Serena Williams failed Sunday to get past the final price <a target="_blank" href="https://www.france24.com/ar/رياضة/20210606-السويسري-فيدرير-ينسحب-من-بطولة-رولان-غاروس-لكرة-المضرب" rel="noopener"><strong>French Open Tennis Championship</strong></a>And boosting her tally of 24 Grand Slam titles, losing to Kazakh Elena Rybakina 6-3 7-5.

The 39-year-old American, who needs only one Grand Slam singles title to equal the record held by Australian Margaret Court, has not gone further than the fourth round at Roland Garros since losing the 2016 final.

This is the first time that Rybakina has reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament, where she will face Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Commenting on this victory, Rybakina said: “I am very happy, it was unbelievable. Of course I was nervous, especially since my serve at the end was not up to the required level.”

Williams’ career ended, along with the three top-seeded Australian Ashleigh Barty and Japan’s Naomi Osaka with their withdrawal, and Belarusian Arina Sabalenka losing in the third round, enhancing the possibility of the French championship witnessing a surprising crowning of the women’s title.

FRANCE 24/AFP

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