Serena Williams failed to reach the quarterfinals of Roland Garros on Sunday.

The American was no match for Elena Rybakina and will no longer have a chance in Paris to match Margaret Court's Grand Slam record.

The 39-year-old Williams recorded a disappointing first service percentage of 57 and was broken five times at Court Philippe-Chatrier.

The eighteen years younger Rybakina, the number 22 in the world, also made six fewer unnecessary mistakes and six more winners than the experienced American and triumphed in 6-3 and 7-5.

It was the first time since 2018 that Williams was in the fourth round of Roland Garros.

The three-time winner hoped to reach the final in Paris for the first time since 2016.

Partly due to the early exit of world top players such as Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina, Bianca Andreescu and the absence of Simona Halep, that seemed more likely than usual, but Williams could not rise above himself.

Williams' focus in the fall of her career will be on the Grand Slam tournaments, as she only needs one more title to match Australian tennis legend Court's record.

The now 78-year-old Court captured 24 major titles in her career, one more than Williams, who lost her last four Grand Slam finals.

At Wimbledon (June 28 - July 11), Williams will have another chance to partly claim the record.

Serena Williams was surprised in the fourth round.

Serena Williams was surprised in the fourth round.

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Rybakina working on her best Grand Slam tournament ever

Rybakina, 21, is competing in the best Grand Slam of her early career, having never made it past the third round of any of the four major tournaments before.

In the quarterfinals, the Kazakh will face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Victoria Azarenka in three sets.

The 31-year-old Azarenka still won the opening set, but then surrendered her own serve too often to claim the victory: 7-5, 3-6 and 2-6.

The two-time Grand Slam winner advanced beyond the third round at Roland Garros for the first time since 2013.

Like Rybakina and Pavlyuchenkova, Tamara Zidansek joined the last eight.

She won in two sets against Sorana Cîrstea (7-6 (4) and 6-1) and is the first Slovenian tennis player to reach the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam.

Zidansek will play against Paula Badosa in that quarterfinal. The 23-year-old Spanish defeated Markéta Vondrousová 6-4, 3-6 and 6-2.

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