Serena Williams eliminated, Daniil Medvedev sets up Stefanos Tsitsipas clash-Sports News , Justnewsday

By | June 6, 2021

Serena Williams eliminated, Daniil Medvedev sets up Stefanos Tsitsipas clash-Sports News , Justnewsday

The 39-year-old American, still one short of Margaret Court’s all-time record of most Grand Slam singles titles, has not gone beyond the fourth round at Roland Garros since losing the 2016 final.

French Open 2021: Serena Williams eliminated, Daniil Medvedev sets up Stefanos Tsitsipas clash

Serena Williams reacts during her match against Elena Rybakina. AP

Paris: Serena Williams’ latest quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title ended with a 6-3, 7-5 defeat by Kazakh 21st seed Elena Rybakina in the French Open last 16 on Sunday.

The 39-year-old American, still one short of Margaret Court’s all-time record of most Grand Slam singles titles, has not gone beyond the fourth round at Roland Garros since losing the 2016 final.

Russian-born Rybakina, 21, extended her best run at a major as she advanced to her first quarter-final, where she will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a spot in the last four.

Medvedev to face Tsitsipas

Second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia made the French Open quarter-finals for the first time on Sunday and will tackle Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the last four.

French Open 2021 Serena Williams eliminated Daniil Medvedev sets up Stefanos Tsitsipas clash

Daniil Medvedev celebrates after beating Cristian Garin. AP

Medvedev, who had never won a match at Roland Garros before this year, defeated Cristian Garin of Chile 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in his last 16 tie.

Tsitsipas, a semi-finalist in 2020, eased past Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

Badosa into maiden quarter-final

Spain’s Paula Badosa reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final on Sunday by defeating Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in three sets.

Badosa, the 33rd seed, saw off the 2019 runner-up 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 and will take on Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia for a place in the semi-finals.

French Open 2021 Serena Williams eliminated Daniil Medvedev sets up Stefanos Tsitsipas clash

Paula Badosa reacts after defeating Marketa Vondrousova. AP

The 23-year-old, a former junior champion at Roland Garros, is this season’s best-performing clay court player.

She now has 17 wins against just two losses on the surface, a run that includes the Belgrade clay court title on the eve of the French Open.

Pavlyuchenkova pulls off comeback win

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova came from a set down to beat Victoria Azarenka 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 and reach her first French Open quarter-final since 2011.

The Russian 31st seed broke former world number one Azarenka eight times to advance to her seventh Grand Slam quarter-final. She will play Serena Williams or Elena Rybakina for a place in the last four.

“It’s really incredible I’m still playing tennis 10 years later,” said Pavlyuchenkova, who turns 30 next month.

French Open 2021 Serena Williams eliminated Daniil Medvedev sets up Stefanos Tsitsipas clash

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in action against Victoria Azarenka. AP

“It’s a surprise for me to be here. I fought for each ball and each point and played very well.”

Pavlyuchenkova, who lost to eventual runner-up Francesca Schiavone here a decade ago, matched her best run at a major.

She has made the last eight at all four Slams, including three of the past five Australian Opens.

She knocked out Aryna Sabalenka, the highest-ranked player left in the draw, in the previous round to avenge a semi-final loss to the Belarusian in Madrid.

Zidansek makes history for Slovenia

Tamara Zidansek became the first woman from Slovenia to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam when she defeated Romania’s Sorana Cirstea.

World number 85 Zidansek won 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 and will face in-form Paula Badosa of Spain for a place in the semi-finals.

The 23-year-old had never previously got beyond the second round of a Grand Slam.

However, she illustrated her potential by knocking out sixth-seeded former US Open winner Bianca Andreescu in the first round where she had twice been just two points from defeat.

“For me, the key was to start to really believe that I can beat the top players, to believe that I am better than them and that I belong there,” said the Slovenian.

Zidansek, a keen snowboarder in her winter off-time, finished runner-up on clay in Bogota in April.

However, before seeing off Andreescu in the first round in Paris, she had never defeated a top 10 player.

In a women’s draw thrown wide open by the early exits of top three seeds Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka, the opportunities exist for a shock champion to emerge.


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