Serena Williams (no 7) failed in the round of 16 at Roland Garros.
The only member of the top 10 still in contention at the bottom of the women’s table, the 39-year-old American lost 6-3 7-5 to Kazakhe Elena Rybakina (no 21).
The quest for a 24th Grand Slam trophy will therefore continue beyond this fortnight for Serena Williams (39), whose last major coronation dates back to the 2017 Australian Open. She was dominated in power by Elena Rybakina (1m84), capable like her of arming the first service balls at over 180 km / h.
Serena Williams’ loss means a player will play her first Grand Slam final on Saturday. Elena Rybakina will even play her first quarter-final in a ‘Major’ against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (no 31), the only survivor of this part of the table to have already reached this stage of the Grand Slam competition.
The other quarter-final will be between Paula Badosa (no 33) and Tamara Zidansek (WTA 85). Fallen to 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova (no 20) on Sunday, the 23-year-old Spaniard will be the favorite against the Slovenian. She may even now be the woman to beat at this bottom of the table.