Paris Serena Williams’ dream of winning her 24th Grand Slam was shattered on Sunday. The 39-year-old American tennis star was defeated by Kazakhstan’s Alina Ribanka 3-6, 5-7. Earlier, world ranked second-ranked Daniil Medvedev advanced to the quarterfinals of the French Open tennis Grand Slam with a straight-sets win, while Swiss star Roger Federer pulled out before the fourth round. Medvedev of Russia defeated Christian Garin 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 to face Stefanos Tsitsipas. Number five Tsitsipas defeated Pablo Carreo Busta 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals. In the women’s section, Anastasia Pavliuchenkova of Russia, Tamara Zidansek and Paula Badosa of Slovenia also advanced to the quarterfinals after winning their matches. Federer made the decision to pull out of the Grand Slam in the third round to give himself a chance to recover after a difficult victory in about three-and-a-half hours. Federer made it clear last month that he doesn’t see himself as ready to claim the French Open title this time around, but instead is eyeing the grass-court major Wimbledon, in which he has won a record eight times at the All England Club. Will start on 28th June. Federer defeated 59th-ranked Dominic Kofer 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 7-5 in the third round. The match started on Saturday night and went on till one o’clock on Sunday. Anastasia beat 2013 semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in 10 years. The 31st seed had lost in his only quarterfinal match in 2011. Anastasia has reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but could not make the semi-finals of any major. The 29-year-old may have to beat 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams to do so. Seventh seed Serena will take on Elina Ribakina in the fourth round and the winner of the match will take on Anastasia. Slovenia’s Zidansek has become the first female player from her country to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam by winning the pre-quarterfinals. Zidansek defeated Romania’s Sorana Siersti 7-6, 6-1 in a match between two unseeded players. The 23-year-old, who defeated sixth seed Bianca Andreescu (ranked seventh in the WTA rankings) in the first tour, had not beaten any top 10 ranked player before this tournament. Earlier Zidansek’s best performances were to reach the second round of the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She was eliminated twice in the first round at Rola Garorn. Prior to this, Katarina Srebotnik was Slovenia’s most successful women’s singles player at a Grand Slam. She reached the fourth round (last 16) of the French Open and the US Open. World ranking 33rd-ranked Paula Badosa also reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time. The 33rd-ranked Spaniard defeated 20th-ranked Marketa Vondrousova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
(with input from agency)
[Attribution to NBT]