Serena Williams was eliminated in the fourth round of the Roland Garros 2021, by Elena Rybakina, thus putting an end, for now, to the dream / nightmare called 24th Slam. And this despite her side-draw was completely open, she wasted a colossal opportunity.
But Serena seemed completely out of shape, out of phase, with the service completely blacked out. The Kazakh, on the other hand, thanks to the very strong contribution of the serve and above all to a more solid tactical plan from the baseline, simplistically wins the most important points.
Even if she doesn't immediately take advantage of a break advantage in the heart of the first set. Rybakina, in a decidedly more complicated second set, breaks the balance at 4-5 with a 12-2 run and seals one of her most prestigious career victories at 6-3 7-5.
Waiting for her will be Anastasia Pavlyuchenova, who instead recovers a set of disadvantage to Viktoria Azarenka. After an initial unsuccessful passage, the Russian tennis player confirms the state of grace after the semifinal reached in Madrid and returns to the top 8 on Bois de Boulogne after ten years.
Results of the men's singles
With the challenge between Kei Nishikori and Alexander Zverev the curtain falls on day 8 at the Roland Garros 2021. At the third weekly engagement, the German does not make any particular changes to the project.
Rather. Despite a first set broken by a break and a counterbreak, Sascha imposes himself with an excellent 6-4 6-1 6-1 that matures at the threshold of two hours of play. In the other matches, Daniil Medevedev instead beats Christian Garin without too much difficulty.
After two practically immaculate sets, seasoned with frightening percentages with the first ball, the Russian contains the Chilean's comeback attempt, recovers a break from behind and at the foot of the tie break settles on 6-1 6-2 7-5.
The main alternative to Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic on earth is called Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek talent, an obligatory favorite in the bottom half, plays an extraordinarily orderly match against Pablo Carreno Busta. Some difficulties only in the third set, at the foot of the finish line, with the Spanish tennis player who, however, does not take advantage of a break advantage and who above all does not find enough valid weapons to cling to the tie break. At the threshold of two hours of play, the final result is 6-3 6-2 7-5.